The history of Porsche is older than we actually think it is, as the Stuttgart-based automaker has recovered a 116 year old Porsche in a shed in Austria.
The legendary car is known as “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model”- known as the “P1” for short – and was created by Ferdinan Porsche himself in 1898. The most surprising part is that the vehicle is electric, and was fast enough for its time. The vehicle is moved to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, and will be on display.
The Porsche P1 was first tested in September 1899 at the international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin, and managed to grab the first place in a race that covered a distance of 40 kilometres, and managed to cross the finish line 18 minutes ahead of the next competitor.
The collection belonging to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is now able to boast a very special relict from the early years of Ferdinand Porsche’s business venture: The original and unrestored “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model”-known as the “P1” for short-from 1898. Although at first glance it may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage, this model actually represents the world’s very first Porsche. Constructed and built by Ferdinand Porsche himself. Parked in a warehouse in 1902 and since left untouched, this Porsche electric vehicle is a technological and historical sensation. As the centrepiece of the permanent exhibition at the Porsche Museum, the “P1” is able to bridge the gap between the past and present.
If you’re in Germany and want to take a look at this historic piece from Ferdinand Porsche, you have to pay a visit to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.