Porsche as a company, and as a family, had suffered greatly as a result of World War II just as countless others had. In spite of the ravages of war, Porsche was driven to create his own sports car after having worked with the Italian company Cisitalia to design a racing car for their firm. Cisitalia had heavily utilized parts from the mainstream manufacturer Fiat in construction of their vehicles, and Porsche realized the possibility of doing the same with Volkswagen. British authorities occupying Wolfsburg, Germany, had put the Volkswagen back into production and this was seen as the perfect opportunity as Porsche engineers already knew the details of the car so well. Work began on the new sports car in the summer of 1947.
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