This would have been a fantastic way to travel across Europe in the 1980s.
While seemingly at odds with the Porsche's roots as a sports car maker, the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon seems like a great fit in the brand's lineup because of its combination of style and extra utility. The company has toyed with the concept of offering a longroof variant of an existing model before, though. For example, the firm built a one-off 928 shooting brake called the 928-4 in 1984 as a 75th birthday present for Ferry Porsche. A recent video has put the spotlight on this unique vehicle.
The Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany, started on this birthday present by taking the existing 928 S and stretching it by 9.8 inches (249 millimetres). The designers used the extra space to fit a pair of more comfortable rear seats inside. They also made the B-pillar more upright, so it was easier to get back there. A higher roof ensured that occupants had enough headroom and forced the installation of a hatchback rather than the standard sloping liftback panel. Up front, fixed headlights replaced the production 928's pop-up units.
Ferry Porsche must have liked the colour green because a dark shade of it covers the exterior and much of the cabin, including the leather trim and carpet.
After doing the extensive body modifications, the company left the powertrain the same as the standard 928. The 5.0-litre V8 produced 306 horsepower, which allowed for an estimated top speed of 162 miles per hour (260 kilometres per hour).
There's only a single 928-4 in existence, and it lives in Porsche's warehouse. However, Europeans will be able to get own their own wagon from the brand upon the Panamera Sport Turismo going on sale in October. Buyers in the United States and Canada will need to wait until sometime in 2018.