Prior to Porsche being expensive cars for those with money to burn, Ferdinand Porsche served as the lead designer for the Volkswagen Beetle. 
What’s even more surprising about this is the fact that Adolf Hitler served as his co-designer for the VW Beetle. 
Hitler planned on creating a cheap and reliable vehicle that Germans could drive daily. Porsche jumped on the opportunity and created the vehicle with his design getting approved by the Nazi leader.
Soon enough, a factory in Stuttgart, Germany was creating the Beetle in the thousands with slave labor being the main reason why it was produced so quickly.