Saturday, August 17, 2019

Volkswagen Beetle on cover from Croatia

This is cover from Croatia with stamp dedicated to legendary Volkswagen Beetle, that was manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003. The need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its functional objectives were formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country's new road network. Members of the National Socialist party, with an additional dues surcharge, were promised the first production, but the war shifted production to military vehicles instead. Lead engineer Ferdinand Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalize the design. Béla Barényi is credited with first conceiving the original design for this car in 1925 by Mercedes-Benz, five years before Porsche claimed to have done his initial version. The result was the first Volkswagen, and one of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

This stamp is issued on 8.5.2008. Postage is underpaid and that's why is letter "T" on cover, but postman didn't ask me to pay the difference.

Thank you, Maja!

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