Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Historical Revisionist Takes a Closer Look at Josef Ganz

In 1934, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned by Adolf Hitler to develop the KdF-Wagen. Dr. Porsche came up with a lightweight car built on a platform chassis with a center tube, a rear transaxle with a horizontal engine, a swing axle suspension in the back, and independent suspension in the front. The body is a simple aerodynamic shape we recognize as the VW Beetle.
BUT, Josef Ganz, a Jewish engineer, was producing and selling a nearly identical car three years before Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche introduced their Beetle.

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