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In pictures: The Volkswagen story

Autocar Logo By David Finlay of Autocar | Slide 1 of 31: It is then saved by the British Army, its most famous product becomes a Hippy symbol of freedom, and goes on to become one of the largest companies in the world, let alone the car industry.Even the most respected screenplay writer would have difficulty selling this story to a Hollywood studio, but in the case of Volkswagen it actually happened. There's more to this than can be explained in a single sentence, of course, but further details are just a click away.

A car company set up to realise a plan supported by Hitler.

It is then saved by the British Army, its most famous product becomes a Hippy symbol of freedom, and goes on to become one of the largest companies in the world, let alone the car industry.

Even the most respected screenplay writer would have difficulty selling this story to a Hollywood studio, but in the case of Volkswagen it actually happened. There's more to this than can be explained in a single sentence, of course, but further details are just a click away.

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