The World's First Porsche 'P1' Found After Missing For 112 Years
The world’s first Porsche, the ‘P1,’ has been found after 112 years and put on display in Germany at the Porsche Museum.
The first Porsche, constructed in 1898 by a 22-year-old Ferdinand Porsche, was the first car ever built by Porsche, who eventually founded the car brand in 1931. The P1, as the first Porsche is lovingly called, is an all-electric car built using an Austrian electric motor. It has three horsepower and weighs in at just shy of 3,000 pounds.
Porsche describes the P1 as resembling “an old horse-drawn carriage” and praises it as “a technological and historical sensation.” The company will put the P1 on permanent display at the Porsche Museum.
“Electric cars of that era were quieter, easier to operate, and needed no shifting of gears. It was an open question for several years from the start of the industry as whether gas, steam, or electric would win out,” Henry Ford Museum curator, Matt Anderson, told the L.A. Times.
The P1 electric car can run up to 20 mph, but is more adept to a speed of 15 mph and has a 49-mile range.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong