A bit of a question-I know that the VW Beetle was born in the late 1930's as a project assigned to Dr. porsche by Adolf Hitler. Are there any of these pre-war bugs still around? I would imagine they would be quite valuble today. Anyway, my question is prompted by a story told me by my wife's ex-employer. This woman grew up in wartime Germany, and she told me that the whole VW car project was a massive scam, perpetrated on the german people by der Fuhrer. It seems that the company took deposits on the cars (which had yet to be built), and the German government used the money on re-arming, and not to set up the VW for mass production. they deposits were around $500.00 per car (which was quite a sum of money for the time), and the money was never returned. can anybody corroborate this story?