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Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse
NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mark Memmott

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.


TOPICS: History; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: auto; ferdinandporsche; germany; history; porsche
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1 posted on 01/29/2014 6:05:33 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Also looking something like a horseless carriage.

/johnny

2 posted on 01/29/2014 6:08:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 01/29/2014 6:13:49 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: nickcarraway

I must see a photo of this car when it’s “unveiled”!


4 posted on 01/29/2014 6:14:08 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeeSharp

Where’s the spoiler?

I wouldn’t take that on the autobahn.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 6:20:57 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Daffynition
The phone took up much of the dashboard area.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 6:23:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 6:39:13 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: SeeSharp

"Turn it up baby! Let's bump that William Tell's Overture! Then tune into Marconi ripping on the McKinley Administration!"

8 posted on 01/29/2014 6:40:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

My Steppenwolf Tape!!


9 posted on 01/29/2014 6:51:44 PM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: nickcarraway

So this is supposed to have sat in a warehouse through WWI & WWII unmolested?


10 posted on 01/29/2014 7:10:28 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: onyx

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.


11 posted on 01/29/2014 7:13:35 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: mabarker1

Happens. Lots of things did survive, as well as disintegrate.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 7:15:35 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: nickcarraway

Why is there no mention in the article of Ferdinand Porsches’ Volkswagon which he designed for Hitler in 1938?


13 posted on 01/29/2014 7:21:32 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Oh, OKay.
Thanks very much for that information.
I don’t watch “oil Shepard”! LOL.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 7:26:47 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: nickcarraway

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15 posted on 01/29/2014 7:27:42 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: onyx

Why I hate using iPad. Hate autocorrect sometimes.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 7:31:25 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SeeSharp; nickcarraway; Cagey
Another early Porsche


17 posted on 01/29/2014 7:43:18 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Nailbiter

ping


18 posted on 01/29/2014 8:17:41 PM PST by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: SkyPilot

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To: ETL

ping


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To: SkyPilot

My favorite car!!Wish I could find one. I would have it painted metallic black and modernize the interior.


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To: Daffynition

If I recall correctly, Lamborghini started in tractors before making exotic cars.


22 posted on 01/29/2014 8:50:48 PM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: SkyPilot

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23 posted on 01/29/2014 9:02:42 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

I think you are flushing the wrong crap down the crapper. Take the sushi with you on the trip thru the pee trap.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 10:16:53 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: SkyPilot

Those were the days!


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To: mitch5501

We thought they ‘d never end.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 12:04:54 AM PST by biff (WAS)
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