Skip to comments.Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse
Posted on 01/29/2014 6:05:33 PM PST by nickcarraway
Even the famed German automaker concedes that it "may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage."
But the recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" dubbed the P1 was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," writes the automotive news site Jalopnik, and could chug along at 22 mph.
The car was found, according to Porsche, in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902.
As for the car's history, according to Porsche:
"The owner of 'K.K. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Comp.' had a wide range of interests, and in the face of declining sales of his luxurious carriages had come to the logical conclusion that the age of the horse and carriage was coming to an end. ... He came to the decision that he needed to start manufacturing petrol and electric vehicles. ... "The result of Ferdinand Porsche's vision, the 'Egger-Lohner C.2 electric vehicle,' rolled onto the streets of Vienna for the first time on June 26, 1898, and Ferdinand Porsche made sure that he would take credit for the vehicle's design in a most unusual manner: He engraved the code 'P1' (P for Porsche, number 1) onto all of the key components, thus giving the vehicle its unofficial name." USA Today says the car's "first serious test came in a race for electric cars in September 1899. The contestants had to complete 24 miles with three passengers on board. Ferdinand Porsche piloted the P1 across the finish line 18 minutes ahead of the second-place racer, the car company's history shows. Perhaps more important, P1 was among fewer than half the racers able to finish. The others dropped out because of technical problems."
Porsche and his son would go on in 1948 to found the car company that still bears his name.
According to Fox News, the P1 was discovered "last year in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Austria." It was then bought "by one of [Ferdinand] Porsche's living relatives" for the museum.
It's now going on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. The unveiling is set for Friday.
I must see a photo of this car when it’s “unveiled”!
Where’s the spoiler?
I wouldn’t take that on the autobahn.
Had one of those when I was growing up and, of course, a party line. Three long and two short was our ring. Of course there was a ring for each party and when you heard one short and two long, you could listen in for any good gossip, not that anyone ever did. Six long was a call for mine rescue and for a physician as was six blasts on the smelter whistle.
"Turn it up baby! Let's bump that William Tell's Overture! Then tune into Marconi ripping on the McKinley Administration!"
My Steppenwolf Tape!!
So this is supposed to have sat in a warehouse through WWI & WWII unmolested?
Look on line. This came out the other day. Good oil’ Shep Smith showed it, which is why I even looked it up, because “first Porsche” in the horseless carriage age didn’t sound right.
The guy just designed it, but didn’t have his own company to call it an actual Porsche. So kind of misleading. But still interesting to hear he had such a project so early.
BTW, all that was really done was to add clear plexiglass to the sides to represent the seating arrangement.
Happens. Lots of things did survive, as well as disintegrate.
Why is there no mention in the article of Ferdinand Porsches’ Volkswagon which he designed for Hitler in 1938?
Thanks very much for that information.
I don’t watch “oil Shepard”! LOL.
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My favorite car!!Wish I could find one. I would have it painted metallic black and modernize the interior.
If I recall correctly, Lamborghini started in tractors before making exotic cars.
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I think you are flushing the wrong crap down the crapper. Take the sushi with you on the trip thru the pee trap.
Those were the days!
We thought they ‘d never end.
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