Most people who know something about 20th Century German history, will know that the name “Volkswagen” is a translation of “people’s car”, and that the idea behind the Volkswagen was to create a car that a large part of the population of could afford. It led to the the town of Wolfsburg being built in 1938 (although it only become known as such in 1945) to house the production plant for the cars.

What many are not aware of – myself included until recently – is where these cars were to be kept. Obviously most of the houses built before 1938 did not have garages. Certainly the housing used by the part of the popular expected to buy the Volkswagen did not have them. This led to a Volksgarage being designed. Germany’s first garage


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