sausage fingers wrote:
As mad as he was dont forget this
No Madolf, no beetle
No beetle, no bus
Ah, not strictly true. A german engineer by the name of Josef Ganz pioneered a vehicle with a rear mounted engine, torsion leaf front suspension and a central rib style chassis with independent rear swing axles in the 1920s as editor of MotorKritik long before Porsche or adolf came up with the idea. He called it the people car (sound familiar?) but was basically removed from the equation once hitler gained power and was forbidden to use the term "volks" in his vehicle. He eventually built a viable prototype which he called the "mai kafer" which is German for a beetle called a cockchafer(yeah I know
) but is colloquially called a May Bug. Following a change in management at Adler (who financed the building of the car) due to nazi input, all work was stopped but he was allowed to keep the car, the original Volkswagen Beetle. He continued to use it as his personal transport for some time. It was eventually discovered in Switzerland by a German collector in the 1990s but I don't know what has since happened to it.
THere is a book about the development of the car and how Ganz was prevented from building it and his name erased from the history of the Volkswagen on the orders of hitler, The Extraordinary LIfe of Josef Ganz available on amazon. It's probably the best book I've ever read.