Editor’s note: I have always loved Porches. I could never afford one but I thought the engineering was great!
The first Porsche ever made has been recovered from a shed in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. The vehicle is called the “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model” — nicknamed the “P1” for short — and was created by Ferdinand Porsche himself in 1898. The following year, Porsche raced the P1 at an electric vehicle exposition in Berlin and took home first place, completing the nearly 25-mile course 18 minutes faster than the next competitor. Not long thereafter, it seems the vehicle was abandoned. According to USA Today, it was placed in an Austrian shed back in 1902, where it sat until recently.
UP TO A 50-MILE RANGE WITH A MAX SPEED OF 22 MILES PER HOUR
The P1 has now been moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where it will debut at the Porsche Museum this Friday. What remains of the vehicle is its wood and metal frame and front, which holds its steering wheel and a century-old dashboard that measures voltage and amperage. As its full name states, the P1 is actually an electric vehicle. Porsche says that the vehicle was capable of traveling nearly 50 miles at a time and had a max speed of about 22 miles per hour. The vehicle’s motor weighed 287 pounds and is said to have been able to deliver 3 horsepower during usual performance with bursts of up to 5 horsepower to achieve its maximum speed. The full vehicle weighed nearly 3,000 pounds and relied on over 1,000 pounds of battery.