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Personal photographer: Austrian car maker Ferdinand Porsche presents Hitler with a newly-designed convertible Volkswagen

Ferdinand Porsche (left, in dark suit) presents a newly designed convertible VW to Adolf Hitler in celebration of the Fuhrer's Birthday, Berlin, Germany, 1939

Hitler laying the foundation stone of the KDF-Wagen (Volkswagen) factory at Fallersleben (Wolfsburg). Ferdinand Porsche at far right, engineer of the VW and the Porsche.

Adolf Hitler laying the foundation stone of the KDF-Wagen (Volkswagen) factory near Fallersleben (Wolfsburg) 1938

The automobile engineer and designer Ferdinand Porsche (in suit) presents Adolf Hitler with a model car during celebrations for Hitler's 50th birthday, Berlin, April 1939.

Hitler at 50: Color Photos From a Despot's Garish Birthday Bash

The automobile engineer and designer Ferdinand Porsche (in suit) presents Adolf Hitler with a model car during celebrations for Hitler's birthday, Berlin, April

Adolf Hitler with his trusted driver Erich Kempka in an undated photo in Rastenburg. Kempka joined Hitler's personal SS guard in 1932 and was there until the very last day. After the war he wrote his memoirs that sold several editions. In Nuremberg, Kempka was the only one to testify that he saw Martin Bormann getting killed by an exploding shell.

Adolf Hitler with his trusted driver Erich Kempka in an undated photo in Rastenburg.

Robert Ley (head of KdF), Ferdinand Porsche & Adolf Hitler driven by son Ferry Porsche. Porsche got money from Hitler to build the racing cars and the Beetle, but now he "had to" design also the military equipment. 1939 September was scheduled for the Berlin-Rome race that never happened due to the outbreak of WWII, but Porsche had already engineered and built a type 60K10 racing car. Three coupes were made.

Robert Ley (head of KdF), Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler driven by Ferry Porsche. Porsche got money from Hitler to build the racing cars and the Beetle, but now he "had to" design also the military equipment.

LIFE's Nazi germany color photographies. 5  The first Wolkswagen "Beetle" .

Hitler speaking at Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, with Volkswagen Beetle on display. (near Wolfsburg). Fallersleben, Germany, June Photo by Hugo Jaeger

New Toy: Hermann Goering stands next to a KdF Wagen (Volkswagen) convertible at Carinhall hunting lodge, with head of KdF Robert Ley and designer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche on 17 June 1939.

New Toy: Hermann Goering stands next to a KdF Wagen (Volkswagen) convertible at Carinhall hunting lodge, with head of KdF Robert Ley and designer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche on 17 June

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