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First ever Porsche car kept untouched in Austria for 100 years

First Porsche ever built sits untouched in Austria for 100 years

The first Porsche car ever built, which ran on electricity, has been sitting untouched in an old warehouse in Austria for over hundred years.

The first car registered to Austria, it was created by Ferdinand Porsche when he was just 22-years-old and took to the streets of Vienna in 1892. The engraving 'P1' appears throughout the vehicle, symbolising the car engineer's first design.

Although known as 'P1', the car's official name is the 1898 Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton. It was created after Ferdinand Porsche's was given the task of looking into developing an electric train for car manufacturer Jacob Lohner.

With between three and five electric horsepower, the first vehicle from Porsche could run at about 20 mph.

It competed in test races for electric cars, the first to cross the finish line when piloted by Ferdinand Porsche around 1899. However, it had been left to gather dust in a warehouse since 1902.

Porsche, who later went on to found the high end car company of the same name in 1948, had no formal training as a car engineer but had a natural talent for designing cars.

The Porsche car will be unveiled to the public on 31 January 2014 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.

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