On June 25, 1938, Karl Rabe made the following entry in his journal: “Dr. P. is in Berlin. I drive to the old office in Kronenstraße at 10 a.m. and then to the new building in Zuffenhausen.” Two sentences. Dispassionate. Almost in passing. What the head engineer and close confidant of “Dr. P.” recorded for posterity on that Saturday doesn’t do justice to such a weighty juncture in history or the emotion of the moment. Rabe then moved on to the day’s agenda: “At 12 I drive to Berger & Mössner in Feuerbach.” A few days earlier they had toasted the move from the center of Stuttgart to the new plant at the northern edge of the city. They enjoyed a “small round of schnapps,” which nevertheless had “considerable effects,” Rabe noted. He couldn’t have imagined most of what would follow—it was the beginning of everything. The cornerstone. The home of the sports car. Zuffenhausen.
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