Bradley's Believe It or Not

Jan 30, 2014 -- 2:19pm


The world's very first Porsche has been found.
   Debuting in 1898, whaddya suppose it looks like? More like a horse-drawn carriage, but don't laugh. Dubbed the P1, it was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," and could chug along at 22 mph. The car was found in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902.
   The car was entered into a race for electric cars in September 1899. The contestants had to complete 24 miles with three passengers on board. FERDINAND PORSCHE piloted the P1 across the finish line 18 minutes ahead of the second-place racer... and was among fewer than half the racers able to finish. The others dropped out because of technical problems."
   Porsche and his son would go on in 1948 to found the car company that still bears his name.
   After being "discovered" last year, the car will go on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, starting tomorrow.

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