Ferdinand Porsche is a seminal figure in automotive history. He founded the company Porsche AG in 1931. He designed a car for the German government that became known as the Volkswagen. He also created the first gasoline-electric hybrid car. But the very first car Porsche built was way back in 1898. It was named the “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model,” and as you can see, it looks nothing like the Porsches of today.
What is fascinating about this important piece of history is that it was lost for so long. It was stored in a shed in Austria in 1902, and only rediscovered in 2014! The vehicle was in surprisingly good shape, considering being parked for 112 years. Some of the body parts were missing, as well as the batteries and seats, but the motor still worked. The car was taken to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, where it was lovingly restored, with transparent parts added to show what was once there. You can read about this car and see more pictures at Vintage Everyday. -via Strange Company
(Image credit: Alexander Migl)