There are plenty of reasons to hang around Pebble Beach this time of year, including the fact that manufacturers love to use the Concours d'Elegance as an excuse to roll out some of the more inventive concepts of days gone by. This year, Porsche parked the evolutionary ancestor to the mighty Panamera at its display.

The 1987 concept is one of two the German automaker whipped up as test beds for the idea of a four-seat, four-door sports car. All told, the automaker clocked more than 5,000 miles on this particular creation before deciding the extended 928 architecture couldn't deliver the rigidity requirements necessary to wear the Porsche crest.

The H50 Concept delivered 330 horsepower from a V8 engine, which was enough to push this awkward-looking long-roof to a 168-mile-per-hour top speed. Certainly nothing to sneeze at in '87. Seeing the machine parked next to its eventual progeny made drawing parallels between the two all too easy, especially in the hindquarters. Check out the gallery to see what we mean.


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      scocrmch
      • 2 Years Ago
      kinda looks like a Porsche mated with a Pacer
      Crash Bandicoot
      • 2 Years Ago
      This literally looks like a 1987 version of the Panamera
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      928's are awesome. So ahead of their time. They definitely need a new one. The Panamera platform is begging to be turned into a 2 dr GT.
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I agree! My father had an '88 928 S4 and it was a great car. Fast as poo for the time...
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the standard Panamera already looks worse than this...
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awkward
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      All outside shots and not one picture of the inside?
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        SteveM
        • 2 Years Ago
        Me to, I thought I was the only person around that likes the 928 a lot. I still find it a forward thinking car for them.
      ShiftItManual
      • 2 Years Ago
      And people say the Panamera is ugly.
      Nine Elements
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Panamera is ugly. But oddly, I find this to be retro cool. Something that could challenge a Lamborghini Espada.
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      AMC Pacer's son!
        nettybd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cool people
        Close.....but its a dead ruinger for the AMX3 concept car AMC did in like 1972
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad, but that looks more in the line of a RX8. Those back doors are tiny, but a nice idea that I always thought how come they never built.
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