After sitting in a warehouse for the past 112 years, the very first Porsche will be put on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. An believe it or not, it’s electric.
Developed with the help of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton electric vehicle is known as the “P1” for short. It hit the streets for the first time in Vienna, Australia June 26, 1898, weighing in at approximately 2,977 pounds, a thundering 3 (three) horsepower, and a top speed of 21 MPH with a 12-speed unit control that consisted of six forward gears, two reverse gears and four braking gears. The conventional pedal system as we know it today wasn’t invented yet.
The P1 was initially test driven by company founder Ferdinand Porsche September of 1899 at the International Motor Vehicle Exhibition in the German capital of Berlin. Equipped with three fellow passengers, Ferdinand Porsche drove the P1 over the finish line 18 minutes ahead of his competitors. The car was also recognized for using the least amount of energy during the exhibition.
The P1 will be the centerfold of the Porsche Museum that opened in 2009. The display will be used to show attendees how much Porsche has evolved over the years.