Porsche Opens World’s First Classic Centre
Porsche is one of the rare companies that treats its classic vehicles seriously and no more is that evident than in the recent opening of the world’s first Porsche Classic Centre. Located just outside Arnhem in the Netherlands, the Porsche Classic Centre Gelderland began operations on November 26, 2015. The opening marks the first time in Porsche’s history where it will have a dedicated place that will provide exclusive service, sales, and workshops for classic Porsche models. The center in Gelderland is the first branch to open, but the German automaker has promised that more certified centers will follow all over the world.
It’s no secret that Porsche owners are some of the most meticulous and careful in the business. That’s a big reason why, according to Porsche, over 70 percent of its vehicles are still running to this day. Some are in admittedly better shape than others, but the point is that they’re not collecting dust in some abandoned garage somewhere. The opening of the Porsche Classic Centre ensures that these models will now have a place where they can be taken cared of to the full extent. Even if there aren’t any centers near a Porsche owner’s location, the German automaker is also establishing a vast international dealer and service network to ensure that even if there isn’t a Porsche Classic Centre locally, owners can take comfort knowing that there is a certified dealer nearby that can accommodate their cars.
The company is aiming to have 100 centers all over the world by 2018. Right now, Porsche already has 24 partners in a number of countries around the world. Not surprisingly, Germany has 10 of them. Other countries like the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Estonia, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates also have their own. Meanwhile, the U.S. has yet to open its first center, but Porsche has already begun developing the partnership program in the country. Same goes with Australia, Belgium, and Canada.
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Why it matters
Give a lot of credit to Porsche for continuing to uphold its tradition of embracing its own models, even those that date back to its earliest years. It’s a sign that the company hasn’t lost sight of its roots. You can’t say the same for other automakers in the industry, which is why the German automaker is held in such high regard by those that have patronized the brand.
To be clear, the Porsche Classic Centre isn’t just an establishment by name; it’s got the full breadth of services for these classic cars. In fact, it has access to about 52,000 original spare parts, ranging from some of its earlier models all the way up to its “modern-day” classics. It’s also capable of complete and partial overhauls, repair and maintenance work, and just as important, sales of classic cars. In fact, every employee at all Porsche Classic Centres will receive a special training course that Porsche itself developed specifically for this purpose.
It really is an extensive approach towards helping owners maintain their classic Porsches with the proper care and attention. You won’t find this kind of dedication with a lot of companies. But, this is the kind of attention you get with Porsche. It’s no wonder that we still see a lot of classic Porsches out on the road these days. Once the Porsche Classic Centre is fully operational and all the partner networks all over the world are also up and running, we should expect to see more of these classics out in public.
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