The first Porsche vehicle ever built was recently rediscovered in an old barn in Austria. What’s even more amazing is that the car had been sitting there since being abandoned in 1902. Perhaps it was dumped because it was an electric car. Even back they they knew the
turd-on-wheels Toyota Prius was not the future of motoring. Take a look:
Now this piece of automotive history is getting some recognition. It is currently on display in Stuttgart, where it was unveiled on Mon., January 27, 2014.
Yahoo News reports “The ‘Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model,’ or P1 for short, was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche himself, first hitting the streets of Vienna on June 26, 1898.”
As we would expect from its designer, the first Porsche featured many design and engineering innovations including rearwheel drive and front wheel steering. It also had brakes, which were an optional extra in those days. The car was powered by a Porsche designed electric motor with an eight sided housing.