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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The world’s first Porsche Classic Centre is just about to open: from 26 November 2015, the Porsche Classic Centre Gelderland, just outside of Arnhem/Netherlands, will be offering services for classic cars of all ages from Zuffenhausen. This is the first time that service, workshop and sales exclusively for the classic sports cars have been brought together under one roof. A small number of additional certified Porsche Classic Centres are set to follow around the world and produce an even more closely knit Porsche Classic network.

More than 70 per cent of the vehicles ever produced by Porsche are still running today. To ensure that these classic cars receive optimum support and overhaul facilities, Porsche is establishing an international dealer and service network with some 100 centres to reach completion by 2018. This mainly involves Porsche centres which will provide support for sports cars of earlier eras in addition to the current models and will be certified as Porsche Classic Partners. Porsche customers and potential customers can expect the complete range of Porsche Classic services from the Partners. These services will not only include the supply of some 52,000 original spare parts, complete and partial overhauls but also repair and maintenance work and the sale of classic cars. The Porsche Classic Partners will be setting up a separate area for this purpose with classic vehicles on display and current spare parts together with technical literature and information.

At present, the network comprises 24 Porsche Classic Partners around the world. Ten of them are in Germany, the others in Estonia, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Hungary, South Africa, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Locations where new centres are being developed include Australia, Belgium, Canada and the USA. The Porsche Classic Partners offer customers with their historic Porsche vehicles a local contact who combines service and advice with expertise. Employees complete a special training concept, which Porsche has developed specifically for this purpose. This enables them to provide classic car customers with expert and detailed information on damage patterns typical for every type of vehicle, the appropriate precautionary measures and suitable repair options. To ensure the best possible level of service and repair, Porsche Classic Partners are equipped with special tools and model-specific repair instructions. In this way, Porsche is able to guarantee a uniformly high standard of quality at all Classic Centres.

Information on Porsche Classic Partners, the latest Classic news and events is also available for those interested at www.porsche.de/classic.

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