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Ferninand Porsche: from the Beetle to the Panzer tank

Karl Ludvigsen describes how the engineering genius became a father-figure to Hitler and armed the Third Reich without really being a Nazi

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

Professor Porsche’s Wars Karl Ludvigsen

Pen & Sword, pp.272, £30, ISBN: 9781783030194

The aggressive character of the famous German sports car, in a sort of sympathetic magic, often transfers itself to owner-drivers. The joke goes: ‘When you get into a Porsche, you feel you want to invade Poland.’ In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, Karl Ludvigsen investigates the genetic spiral that gave Porsche cars the character of weaponry.

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