For Dino Pannhorst, the passion for collector cars runs in the family
The spacious, bright rooms of Pannhorst Classics in Gütersloh exude a Mediterranean flair that very few would associate with the Westphalian industrial location. Yet, they can offer you modern classics such as a Porsche 993 Turbo, a Ferrari 512M or a Bentley Arnage. The light-flooded stage invites you in to have a look. The core business of the Pannhorsts is the successful waste disposal company founded by father Rainer in 1979, which relied on waste paper recycling early on and is now an innovative company for the recovery of all types of raw materials. But the fascination for cars led the Pannhorsts to run a workshop in Riyadh for around two years. This business in Saudi Arabia resulted in a contact to whom many automobiles were subsequently sold and could also be purchased from.
In Gütersloh, the first showroom and workshop of Pannhorst Classics evolved around a simple lifting platform, a single mechanic and a car that was ready for scrap as a restoration project. Today the family business offers its customers extensive restorations by hand, which are carried out by a team of specialists, as well as maintenance and procurement. That octane-fuelled passion shaping the family can already be seen in the first name of the Rainer’s son, who represents the second generation. Classic Driver talked to 40-year-old Dino Pannhorst about his life with collector's cars.
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