by Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 30 January 2014

Oh just look at that old-timer. What a beauty! It’s the grandfather of all Porsches! The Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model, or simply known as the Porsche 1 (P1), is the first car ever built by then 23-year old founder Ferdinand Porsche.

It’s a long, long, loooong departure from the Porsches we’re used to seeing. It doesn’t have the sexy façade nor the furious speed of today’s models, but back in the day, this was a badass ride.

This gas-hybrid electric motored car hit top speeds of 22 miles per hour and had a range of 50 miles without needing to refuel or recharge. Under the hood, it had a 3 horsepower engine that had an ‘overloading’ mode, giving it the ability to kick in 2 additional horsepower. In September 1899, Ferdinand beat out all competitors in a 40-kilometer EV race by 18 minutes.

Sadly, the P1 was kept hidden in a shack in Austria for a century until it got discovered. Now it sits in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, where it will live the rest of its days in peace, alongside other Porsche classics.

Via Jalopnik