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Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was an automotive engineer and founder of the car company Porsche. In 1898, he personally built his first car: a 1898 Egger-Lohner electric C2 Phaeton. It had a 3-5 horsepower engine that could propel the car up to 21 MPH. He marked it "P1" because it was his first but certainly not last car.
He took it out onto the streets of Vienna in June of 1898, then participated in a great race in September. Porsche won, passing the finishing line 18 minutes before any other participant did. Then, in 1902, he placed the car in a warehouse. It sat there for a century.