New and Used Volkswagen Information:
1875 - On September the third, founder Ferdinand Porsche is born
1931 - Porsche invents the torsion bar and draws the first sketches of the Volkswagen beetle.
1934 - Adolf Hitler contacts Porsche to develop the Beetle or KdFWagen.
1935 - The Berlin Automaobile Show. Hitler announces that Ferdinand Porsche will develop the new People’s car.
1936 - First testing on the prototype begins.
1937 - Thirty prototypes called series 30 are completed.
1938 - The Volkswagen factory is built on land obtained forcefully. On May the 28th a ceremony is used to mark the laying of the cornerstone is conducted.
1939 - KdFWagen appears at the Berlin auto show. Germany goes to war.
1940 - Volkswagen Kubelwagens (German amphibious vehicles) are built.
1942 - Schwimmwagens are built.
1944 - Allied Forces bomb factory destroying two thirds of it.
1945 - The War is over. Porsche is interrogated over connection to Nazis.
1946 - Cars are constructed but by hand.
1947 - The factory produces around 19,000 cars which are exported to Holland. Two handmade convertibles are also constructed.
1948 - Chief executive appointed. Milestone as the 20,000th Volkswagen Beetle is produced. Three more prototypes are developed.