Porsche designed the Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first race car with mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Known in business circles as the "great engineer", he made a number of contributions to advanced German tank designs:
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Volkswagen made only two of these naturally aspirated, air-cooled boxer diesel engines, and installed one engine in a Type 1 and another in a Type 2. The bodywork attached with eighteen bolts to its nearly flat platform chassis which featured a central structural tunnel.
Front and rear suspension featured torsion bars along with front stabilizer bar—providing independent suspension at all wheels. Certain initial features were subsequently revised, including mechanical drum brakes, split-window rear windows, mechanical direction-indicators and the non-synchronized gearbox.
Other features, including its distinctive overall shape, endured. In fact, the Beetle was prized for its seemingly unchanged appearance and "marketed to American consumers as the anti-GM and Ford: We don't change a car for the sake of change.
An engine oil cooler located in the engine fan's shroud ensured optimal engine operating temperature and long engine life, optimized by a thermostat that bypassed the oil cooler when the engine was cold.
Later models of the carburetor featured an automatic choke. Engine intake air passed through a metallic filter, while heavier particles were captured by an oil bath.
Aftersteering featured a hydraulic damper that absorbed steering irregularities. Indicative of the car's utilitarian design, the interior featured painted metal surfaces, a metal dash consolidating instruments in a single, circular binnacleadjustable front seats, a fold-down rear seat, optional swing-out rear windows, front windows with pivoting vent windows, heating via air-to-air exchange manifolds operating off the engine's heat, and a windshield washer system that eschewed the complexity and cost of an additional electric pump and instead received its pressurization from the car's spare tire located in the front luggage compartment which was accordingly overinflated to accommodate the washer function.
Throughout its production, VW marketed the Beetle with a four-speed manual transmission. From and almost exclusively in Europe VW offered an optional version of the Saxomat semi-automatic transmission: Subsequently, beginning in in Europe and in the United StatesVW offered an optional semi-automatic transmission marketed as Automatic Stick Shift and also called AutoStick ,[ citation needed ] which was a 3-speed manual coupled to an electro-pneumatic clutch and torque converter.
The convertible was more than a Beetle with a folding top. To compensate for the strength lost in removing the roof, the sills were reinforced with welded U-channel rails, a transverse beam was fitted below the front edge of the rear seat cushion, and the side cowl-panels below the instrument panel were double-wall.
In addition, the lower corners of the door apertures had welded-in curved gussets, and the doors had secondary alignment wedges at the B-pillar.
The top was cabriolet-style with a full inner headliner hiding the folding mechanism and crossbars. The rear window was tempered safety glass, and afterheated. Due to the thickness of the top, it remained quite tall when folded.
To enable the driver to see over the lowered top, the inside rearview was mounted on an offset pivot. The convertible was generally more lavishly equipped than the sedan with dual rear ashtrays, twin map pockets, a visor vanity mirror on the passenger side, rear stone shields, and throughwheel trim rings.
Many of these items did not become available on other Beetles until the advent of the optional "L" Luxus Package of After a number of stylistic and technical alterations made to the Karmann cabriolet,  corresponding to the many changes VW made to the Beetle throughout its historythe last ofcabriolets came off the production line on 10 January The rear window of the VW Beetle evolved from a divided or "split" oval, to a singular oval.The roots of Porsche's company history lie in Bohemia where Ferdinand Porsche was born on 3 September in Maffersdorf, as the third child of Anton Porsche and his wife Anna.
When the automobile was invented Ferdinand Porsche was 11 years old. "We're all familiar with Ferdinand Porsche's automotive design work, but an oft-forgotten side of his career saw him designing many military vehicles.
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