The world's very first Porsche to go on display in Germany

The very first car designed and produced by Ferdinand Porsche, the founding father of one of Germany's most famous marques, is set to go on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.> Fanatics and enthusiasts often cite the 1948 Type 356 as the first real car to bear the Porsche badge but the German marque's history actually dates much further back.

The 'Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model – handily dubbed the P1 (Porsche number one for short) – was actually the first car penned by Ferdinand Porsche in 1898.

Believe it or not, his very first design was powered by a tiny 5hp electric motor but because the entire structure weighed little more than 130kg, it could reach top speeds of 22mph.

The all-electric machine could manage an astonishing 50-mile range, an impressive feat for a car that is over 100 years old. It also captivated audiences at the 1899 international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin, where it thoroughly thrashed the competition during a gruelling 25-mile race over varying surfaces and gradients.

The P1 crossed the finish line 18-minutes ahead of the competition and wowed judges with the ease at which it transported three passengers along the technical course, avoided any technical difficulties and recorded the best energy consumption figures.

Porsche has recently resurrected the idea of electric drive in the stunning 918 Spyder, a car that manages to produce 875bhp from a combination of potent petrol engine and electric power.

History buffs and Porsche fans should head to the museum on February 1 and 2, where the P1 can be viewed free of charge as part of the celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the Porsche Museum.

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