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A 1947 Volkswagen Beetle.

A 1947 Volkswagen Beetle. Ferdinand Porsche produced ancestral KdF-wagen prototypes in 1935. Batches of pre-production versions followed, before manufacture began in 1939, adapted for military use. Adolf Hitler advised that the Volkswagen People's Car be streamlined to 'look like a beetle'. Post-war civilian production was under British military control until 1949, when it reverted to German charge. During the late 1960s the Beetle became a world car. In 1981 the 20 millionth unit was built, smashing the Ford Model T's record of around 15 million. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
A 1947 Volkswagen Beetle. Ferdinand Porsche produced ancestral KdF-wagen prototypes in 1935. Batches of pre-production versions followed, before manufacture began in 1939, adapted for military use. Adolf Hitler advised that the Volkswagen People's Car be streamlined to 'look like a beetle'. Post-war civilian production was under British military control until 1949, when it reverted to German charge. During the late 1960s the Beetle became a world car. In 1981 the 20 millionth unit was built, smashing the Ford Model T's record of around 15 million. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
A 1947 Volkswagen Beetle.
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Credit:
Heritage Images / Contributor
Editorial #:
464495045
Collection:
Hulton Archive
Date created:
January 01, 1947
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Source:
Hulton Archive
Barcode:
340001595
Object name:
1194343
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4683 x 3729 px (15.61 x 12.43 in) - 300 dpi - 10 MB