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Old 06-13-2019, 12:28 PM   #3102 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Bob View Post
Sorry, the 1922 date sounded solid to me, but I don't recall the source. Perhaps "sketched" would be more accurate than "drawn." BTW, Porsche was the only guy who never called Hitler "my father" - just "Mister."
-According to the New York Times obituary of Ferdinand Porsche's son, Ferry (d. 1998), Hitler and Porsche met in 1925, and Porsche was asked by Hitler to design a "people's car" in 1934. According to this 2015 Jalopnik article, the design was not finalized until 1938. This Deutsche Welle article says that Hitler approved the first prototype on Dec. 29, 1935.
-In the same obituary, the younger Porsche is quoted as having written in his autobiography that his father was one of "a half- dozen men in all of Germany who dared to speak their minds openly before Hitler."
-"Führer" means leader, not father, and was an honorific used by the heads of German political parties in the 1920s, when Hitler first took it to himself. Over the next 20 years, of course, it was not only incorporated into the Nazi party slogan ("Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"), but came to be used exclusively by Hitler as he consolidated power.

Hitler's 1933 sketch:

1932 Porsche Type 12, Porsche's first design for a mass-production car, built for motorcycle manufacturer Zündapp:

1935 Porsche Type 60 V1 prototype:

1937 W30 prototype:

1938 KdF-Wagen:

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