4. Adolf Hitler, Germany
As one of the world’s most terrifying dictators, Hitler’s legacy is well-known. Responsible for the death of over 60 million people, he changed the world as we know it. Most people believe Hitler was the epitome of evil in human form. This list will concentrate on his love of cars. Hitler was a car guy, even though he didn’t have a driver’s license and was chauffeured everywhere.
Hitler knew that the car was an important product, so he spent time and effort helping two companies. First, Mercedes Benz produced numerous vehicles for his protocol and personal use. Most notably are the big Mercedes 770 or interesting six-wheeler Mercedes G4. Hitler even helped the Mercedes racing team win Grand Prix races just before the war. He personally secured the funds for racing purposes.
Ever since he took office in 1933, Mercedes cars were his vehicle of choice. The other car company was Volkswagen, which started just before the war as a state-owned company for producing cars. The first project was the Type 1, later known as the Beetle. Hitler was fond of this project and personally supervised the building of the factory and testing the prototypes.
The chief engineer, Ferdinand Porsche was Hitler`s personal friend and if it wasn’t for the end of the war and all the events, there wouldn’t be a Porsche car company. They established it in 1948 in Austria. So, Hitler’s automotive legacy is enormous and alive today, which is kind of scary when you think about it.