Description Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the National Socialist trade union German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront). In the early 1930s German auto industry was still largely composed of luxury models, and the average German rarely could afford something more than a motorcycle. Seeking a potential new market, some car makers began independent 'peoples' car' projects - Mercedes' 170H, Adler's AutoBahn, Steyr 55, Hanomag 1,3L, among others. The trend was not new, as Béla Barényi is credited with having conceived the basic design in the middle 1920's. Josef Ganz developed the Standard Superior (going as far as advertising it as the 'German Volkswagen').Also, in Czechoslovakia, the Hans Ledwinka's penned Tatra T77, a very popular car amongst the German elite, was becoming smaller and more affordable at each revision. In 1933, with many of the above projects still in development or early stages of production, Adolf Hitler declared his intentions for a state-sponsored 'Volkswagen' program. Hitler required a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). The 'People's Car' would be available to citizens of the Third Reich through a savings scheme at 990 Reichsmark, about the price of a small motorcycle (an average income being around 32RM a week).Despite heavy lobbying in favour of one of the existing projects, Hitler chose to sponsor an all new, state owned factory. The engineer chosen for the task was Ferdinand Porsche. By then an already famed engineer, Porsche was the designer of the Mercedes 170H, and worked at Steyr for quite some time in the late 1920s. When he opened his own design studio he landed two separate 'Auto für Jedermann' (car for everybody) projects with NSU and Zündapp, both motorcycle manufacturers. Neither project come to fruition, stalling at prototype phase, but the basic concept remained in Porsche's mind time enough, so on 22 June 1934, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche agreed to create the 'People's Car'
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I was born in Barcelona Spain and have live in many countries around the world like Sydney Australia, Johannesberg South Africa, Surrey England and Madrid Spain.....I HAVE NOT LIVED IN Antarcitca.
Yes I know my name sounds very English. This is because my father is an Oil man from Oklahoma.
I finally graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles California. Receiving a BFA in Communication Design.
My experience includes working with such clients as Walt Disney and Microsoft.
I have 20 years experience creating dazzling POP ART.