What’s old is new again

1987 Porsche 928 H50 conceptLooks pretty much like your everyday, run-of-the-mill Porsche 928, doesn’t it?

However, this one is a concept, quarter of a century old, and was just revealed by Porsche for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last weekend.

Something’s definitely a tad different about this 928 but you wouldn’t know by looking at it from the front.

Have any ideas?

“Take a look from the side”
1987 Porsche 928 H50 concept front three-qtrAfter getting over my own bewilderment with the H50 concept, I was kneeling down taking pictures of it when this couple walked up and stood not too far behind me. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation.

The lady said to the man something along the lines of, “Oh look, it’s one of those old 928s.”

After blowing some air from his nostrils and with a quick wit, he shot back, “Yeah.” That’s the point at which I felt compelled to tell them to walk around to the side.

They did and, simultaneously, both said, “Oh. Wow.” Which was about the same reaction I had. I almost walked past the display but saw other peoples’ reactions.

So, if you haven’t figured out what is going on down the side of this otherwise standard-looking 928 (or already peeked ahead, tsk, tsk), take a look at the next picture to see what Porsche was exploring with their H50 concept.

1987 Porsche 928 H50 concept rear three-qtr

It’s got four doors.

Porsche apparently made two of these in 1987. One was designed with a hatchback-style rear end and the other with a “station wagon-like” rear. It sounds foolish but I neglected to ask which this is. I presumed the station wagon version but I could be wrong.

In any case, it, like other 928s, has a V-8 under the hood–not out back like most Porsches. The engine produces 330 HP, slightly more than production 928s of the same year, and could propel the vehicle to 168 MPH. Incidentally, the production 928 held the “fastest car sold in the US” title for a short while in the early 1980s.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTSThe German sports car manufacturer really played up a connection between the H50 and their current four door, the Panamera (shown right). Personally, I don’t see it. Although they both do have some awkward lines.

From what Porsche says, it wasn’t the idea of a four-door model that didn’t appeal to them. It was their engineering standards that negated the idea.

The project amassed a total of more than 5,000 miles on the H50 concepts before having the plug pulled because it was determined that the “expanded” body’s rigidity didn’t meet Porsche’s requirements.

Continue below to the gallery which contains larger versions of the pictures above in addition to several more.

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