Sep 7, 2017

The Good Son Always Returns Home: Pille And His Porsche 912 

At the beginning of the summer, I went to Leipzig. My Carphiles friend from there, David, kindly introduced me to Pille, a super kind guy and car lover who shared his beautiful mint condition Irish-Green 1966 Porsche 912 with me for a photo shoot in a super cool scenario located in the countryside. I asked him some questions about the story behind it and all the process of restoring this wonderful car.

Tell me about you.

People call me Pille and I’m a 34-year-old car nut who lives in the beautiful city of Leipzig. Cars have always been a big part of my life.

What was your first car?

When I was 17, I purchased a 1957 VW Bug “Oval” with a large sunroof and a Klaus type 4 engine, lowered of course. It became my funny daily driver car for the following two years, summer and winter.

How did you first become interested in classic cars and why especially this 912?

In the mid-90s my family moved to a small village not far from Leipzig where I met an older guy who was into classic motorcycles from the pre- and post-war times. He taught me how to fix them. Later on, it changed to classic cars. When I bought my 1953 Porsche 356 pre-A some moons ago I became addicted to Porsches. So here we are.

How did you come across the 912?

I always loved California! We made plenty of road trips all through the country. We have travelled around the USA in more than forty states, of course with classic cars always in mind. Most of my cars come from the US, so does the 912. I found it in Los Angeles while having a good time. I wasn’t especially looking for it, she was too nice to let her go, so I decided to take her home to the fatherland.

What was the condition of the car when you bought it?

I bought it in 2015, it was a little worn-out, repainted once, and there was no one taking care of it. The 912 came with the original engine still under the hood and covered in a beautiful 6606 Irish-green.

Did you restore it or was it already restored when you got the car? 

I got it out of circulation for a while and made it look great again and there it was, as beautiful as the 912 deserves! That sounds easy but it took quite some time to realize my dream to have a cool-looking 912. The car still has a story to tell which some may call a “patina”. If you are into classic cars you definitely need those garage times – that’s for sure!

Do you know your Porsche’s entire history from the previous owner/owners and do you have any particular story to tell?

The car originally was delivered to Rome, Italy in 1966 to a diplomatic agent. Years later he moved to California and took the 912 with him. 

The best thing about this car is its European specs, furthermore, that it’s a rare three-gauge Irish-green 912 with a wooden steering wheel and a beige interior on top. It’s the best combo if you ask me. People love that!

What’s the story behind the California plate?

I have a big collection of black plates because for me they are the most beautiful number plates ever made. So I have a period-correct license plate for each of my cars.

What about this dream catcher inside the car, does it have any special meaning to you? 

I bought it from American Natives while travelling through Colorado. I’m a dream-catcher, you know! I love the theory of “go out and catch your dream”… and those look good on mirrors!

So talking about dreams, which is your dream car? 

It’s a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, or Pablo Picasso’s black 300SL Roadster. This will never happen…

Do you have a nickname for the 912?

I call her #Neunzwölf, which is the hashtag I use on Instagram. Neunzwölf sounds as German as it is, so that’s a good name.

What’s your favourite detail or what do you love most about your car?

 I added anodized Fuchs wheels in 5,5 & 6 x 15. Oh Lord, I love those!

 Do you like taking long journeys with the 912? Which was the longest trip you ever took with it? 

That’s what the 912 was made for, to drive long distances. We’ve made it to the South of Lake Garda, Italy, already which is quite a long trip.

”That is what the classic car hobby is about nowadays – buy yourself an old car and make something out of it that you’re happy with, hit the road, be cool and use it as often as you can!”

Follow Pille on Instagram and his outstanding 912: @__pillepalle__

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

From A Car Designer’s Perspective: Daniel and his Porsche 944

When I was a kid there were two 944 in our neighbourhood. I’ve always loved that car. For me it’s one of the most typical sports cars of the 80s: long bonnet, pop-up headlamps, the upright front screen with thin A-pillars, super roofline with a cabin that sits very far back and all this beauty on a length of 4,20 m.

IT’S BOXY, YET SPORTY AND STILL VERY CLASSY: NICO AND HIS BMW 1600-02

In Berlin, it’s really rare to find many cool locations in one specific district. The government district is the big exception. I remember that I saw Nico one day at a red light in this district. Immediately I wrote to him to finally meet and do a shooting. When I saw the 1600-2 with all these buildings in the background I thought that it’s the perfect location. It really matches with the car!

The Pleasure Of Driving A Racing Porsche: Olivier And His 1973 911 2.8 RSR In Viper Green

One of the best details of this 911 RSR for me and for many Porsche enthusiast is the ducktail spoiler, making it distinguishable from any other 911, as well as the race track history behind it back in the ’70s.

The Good Son Always Returns Home: Pille And His Porsche 912 

That is what the classic car hobby is about nowadays – buy yourself an old car and make something out of it you’re happy with, hit the road, be cool and use it as often as you can!

The Ultimate Dream Dwelling of Every Car Lover

by Alexberlinetta While I was in Thailand, I had the unique opportunity to take a closer look inside one of the most stunning houses I’ve ever heard of - already the first glance at the astonishing residence of Tenn made me literally breathless. I could barely remain...

Olivier and his Porsche 944 Rothmans – A Limited Edition N°036 of 100

by Alexberlinetta It’s a rainy day in Paris, but for me, it’s perfect for photographs. I meet Olivier, a marketing and art director for Eastpak, who owns a very outstanding Porsche 944 Rothmans. Despite the bad weather, we had a lot of fun taking pictures with a...

A New Yorker’s Pagoda: Christian and his Mercedes Benz 280SL

As far as I’m concerned, the Pagoda is one of the loveliest Benzes ever made. Is a timeless piece of design. Having a W113 is like owning two cars in one, depending on the weather, of course. This time around, the weather was perfect for its roadster mode.

A True Italian Gran Turismo in Berlin: Dirk And His Maserati Indy America

by Alexberlinetta Spring/Summer in Berlin could have a very special weather. One of those special days, Dirk invited me to meet and go on a ride in his FANTASTIC 1971 Gran Turismo Maserati Indy America 4.7. Dirk was one of the first Carphiles that I met in Berlin,...

A Classic German Car Taking Over The Streets of Bangkok Day by Day!

by Alexberlinetta While I was in Bangkok, Thailand, I had the great opportunity to meet Tamm and his 1964 Mercedes-Benz  220S. Tamm named the 220S “Frank” after a very well known singer: “This W111 has that subtle charm for him, like Mr.Sinatra himself.” Tamm told me....

A significant coincidence with a DMC12-DeLorean

I spent the first days of October 2015 exploring Berlin for the first time. I was biking in Mitte, on Axel-Springer-Straße, and all of a sudden a voice in my head urges me to look up to my right and at that moment I see a very beautiful 1981 DMC-12 DeLorean standing right in the middle of the park of the Axel-Springer building. What a coincidence to see one of my favorite cars there, waiting for me to photograph it and of course admire this piece of history that I’m sure we all know.

Moin Moin from Hamburg: Stefan and his 964

As always I said, Hamburg is one of my favorite cities in Germany: good vibes, nice surroundings and of course A LOT OF PORSCHES! During one of my visits to the city, I met with Stefan, a good Instagram friend of mine with an amazing 964. L

read more

IT’S BOXY, YET SPORTY AND STILL VERY CLASSY: NICO AND HIS BMW 1600-02

In Berlin, it’s really rare to find many cool locations in one specific district. The government district is the big exception. I remember that I saw Nico one day at a red light in this district. Immediately I wrote to him to finally meet and do a shooting. When I saw the 1600-2 with all these buildings in the background I thought that it’s the perfect location. It really matches with the car!

read more
PART OF:
SOCIAL MEDIA
WRITE US

Privacy Preference Center

Necessary

Advertising

Analytics

Other