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Der KdF Wagen von A - Z
[The Strength Through Joy Car from A to Z]

In preparation for the delivery of KdF cars the German Volkswagenwerk GmbH in Berlin produced this early A to Z handbook.

It's profusely illustrated with reproductions of photographs in duo tone as well as drawings. Photographs by Georg von Stavenhagen and Archiv Volkswagenwerk, dj illustration and drawings by Thomas Abeking.

The guidebook is stuffed with all sorts of illustrations and information of the kind found in the very best "glove box manuals." How to care for, how to service, how to troubleshoot, and how to fix the new VW sedan or ragtop.

The book is one of the prettiest, most concise and easy to use automotive books of its type ever devised. Opening the book to the center two-page spread reveals an excellent, oversized phantom view from above the right hand side of a KdF car. Callouts on the phantom view lead to finger notches along the edges of the pages, similar to the notches found on the edges of the pages of better dictionaries.

If one follows the callout line from the VW gas tank to its notch in the upper right corner of the center two-page spread the book automatically opens to page 72-73 which contains all sorts of pictures and information about the VW fuel tank and fueling the KdF Wagen. Every one of the notches leads the reader very quickly to the desired information.


  • 123 pages
  • embossed VW on front cover
  • ~dozens of drawings and photos

In good exterior and very good interior condition
With the rare Original Dust Jacket included, which is slightly edgeworn and with a professional (no tape) closed tear on front panel.
Faint foxing to first and last page and the adjacent wrappers, otherwise ok.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 8-1/2" x 6"  ~0.5 lbs.

by Volkswagenwerk GmbH, Berlin
Published by House Breidenstein (Berlin)
in 1940


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