First Porsche Was An Electric Car
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The name of this famous Lamborghini says it all. Legend has it that when the factory workers first saw the car, one of them exclaimed "countach" -- the local Piedmontese word for "wow." And "wow!" is right- the Countach was a real head turner, unlike anything else on the road when it was first produced in 1974. The wide, low, angular model featured scissor doors and was among the earliest super cars. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Lamborghini Countach READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #10 Lamborghini Countach
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Nissan Skyline R32
Considering the computer power that goes into the Nissan Skyline, it’s no surprise that the car has been called "a Playstation on wheels." The driver can connect a laptop to the engine management system to tweak power and emissions controls for more horsepower and speed. WATCH: Greatest Sports Cars Ever: Nissan Skyline R32 READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #9 Nissan Skyline R32
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Corvette Sting Ray
When it comes to cars, the Corvette C2, also known as the Sting Ray, is the original American idol. For the last 50 years, the classic expression of the American love for driving has boasted a V8 engine and a lot of power. Unlike most European and Japanese sports cars, the Sting Ray goes for muscle over refinement; its critics call it "crude." WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Corvette Sting Ray READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #8 Corvette Sting Ray
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Aston Martin DB5
Simply put, there’s a reason James Bond drives an Aston Martin. Totally unlike the Corvette, which exuded American muscle and power, the Aston Martin is the epitome of British elegance, with a touch of glamour added by 007. Too bad it’s hindered by a pretty basic flaw: a strong tendency to break down. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Aston Martin DB5 READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of All Time: #7 Aston Martin DB5
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Form and function rarely fit so well together as in the Mercedes Gullwing SL, also known as the 300 SL. Both aerodynamic and gorgeous, the car stunned the world upon its arrival. The gull wing doors were born out of practical need, but added what soon became a signature touch. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Mercedes Gullwing SL READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #6 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
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Ferrari may be the ultimate sports car company, and the Enzo is a big part of the reason why. It doesn’t have the smooth, sexy lines of most of Ferrari’s other models, but the Enzo packs a real punch. WATCH VIDEO: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Ferrari Enzo READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #5 Enzo Ferrari
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Born out of and defined by the groovy 1960s, the Jaguar E-Type is possibly the most beautiful car ever made, and definitely the most phallic. Among the first production cars, the E-Type, known in the US as the XK-E, boasted an improved form of the engine that powered its famous racing predecessor, the D-Type. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Jaguar E-Type READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #4 E-Type Jaguar
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To cut to the chase, the McLaren F1 is the fastest road car in the world. The 627 horsepower engine powers an all carbon composite body that’s lighter than just about anything else on the road, so the F1 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The car is about function over form: It’s not as beautiful as the Jaguar E-Type or most Ferraris, but it beats the pants off them in a speed contest. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: McLaren F1 READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #3 McLaren F1
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Compared to names like Ferrari and Lamborghini, Mazda seems like an unlikely choice to take the second place spot on this list. But the best selling two seat convertible of all time may well be the most influential sports car of its time. Light and low with great balance and power to weight ratio, the Miata is fun to drive and handles well. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Mazda Miata READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #2 Mazda Miata
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The Porsche 911 is legendary for a lot of reasons, and that’s what lands it at the top of this list. It's been around since 1964, and is perhaps best known for starring alongside Steve McQueen in the 1971 film Le Mans, about the famed 24 hour race. WATCH: Top 10 Greatest Sports Cars: Porsche 911 READ MORE: Top Classic Sports Cars of all Time: #1 Porsche 911
Here's a great piece of bar trivia: The first-ever Porsche was ... an electric car.
While any ardent Porschephile knows that the first Porsche-branded vehicle was the 356 sports carhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.pngof 1948, the first car designed by Ferdinand Porsche was actually the 1898 "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model," or the P1 for short. MORE: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid With 111-Year-Old Ancestor (VIDEO)
The P1 was recently recovered from a warehouse where it had reportedly sat untouched since 1902. It will be displayed in original, unrestored condition at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22 years old, the P1 -- or Porsche, number one -- is powered by a rear-mounted electric drive unit that produces 3 horsepower, harnessed to a 12-speed controller.
The 2,977-pound vehicle had a reported range of 49 miles, and could briefly reach a top speed of 21 mph when in "overdrive" mode, which extracted a full 5 hp from the motor.
One unique feature was the Lohner "alternating" body, which was designed to be detached from the chassis and swapped for another body depending on the driver's needs.
The P1 debuted on the streets of Vienna on July 26, 1898, and competed in the international motor-vehicle exhibition in Berlin the next year. Porsche and three passengers took part in a 24-mile race against other electric cars.
His creation took first place, and consumed the lowest amount of energy of any vehicle in the competition.
Ferdinand Porsche went on to found the car company that would make his name legendary, but not before designing the 1900 Semper Vivus -- widely considered to be the world's first hybrid-electric vehicle. MORE: 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Plug-In To Replace Hybrid
The company recently re-created the Semper Vivus, showing the running replica at media events to launch Porsche's first modern hybrid car, the Panamera S Hybrid model
That car has now been replaced in the U.S. by the Panamera S E-Hybrid, its first modern plug-in vehicle.