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There are barn finds, and then there’s this: the 1898 Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton. And it isn’t just any ol’ horseless carriage either.

It’s the first car ever built by the one and only Ferdinand Porsche. He built it in his early 20s and nicknamed it the P-1, as in Porsche-1. It’s essentially his rookie card.

Unsurprisingly, 116 years takes a toll on wooden framing. For that reason, Porsche is currently restoring the found P-1 to be put on display in their private museum in Stuttgart.

Oh, and this is something: it was electric. That’s right, Ferdinand was green exactly a half-century before Al Gore was born.

As for the specs, the 12-speed control unit and a five-horsepower motor meant the P-1 had a top speed of 22 mph.

What shocked absolutely no one is that it was rear-engined

The man’s stubbornness was so great; a single century could not contain it.

Bryan Campbell