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Classic Porsches have officially returned to their traditional home – Porsche Centre Melbourne. “Welcome back!” That was the message of General Manager, Piero Pellegrini, at the official launch of Porsche Centre Melbourne as Australia’s first – and only – Porsche Classic Partner. The appointment of the flagship Australian Porsche Centre was special in world terms, making it only the 49th of more than 800 Porsche Centres to be accorded this status. For the 250 owners and other Porsche enthusiasts present at the Saturday evening function, where over 30 classic Porsches took centre stage in the showroom floor and workshop. Porsche Centre Melbourne and its progenitors under the Hamilton banner is the spiritual heartland of Porsche in Australia, dating back to the arrival of the first two 356 models locally in late 1951. In recognition of this wealth of history and experience, Porsche Museum cars have regularly been entrusted uniquely to the Centre for maintenance and repair, while one 28
of the Museum’s prized vehicles – a rare Australian-delivered quad camshaft 1959 356 GT is entrusted to Porsche Centre Melbourne’s care on permanent loan.
Below: L-R. Director of Porsche Classic, Mr Alexander Fabig PCM General Manager, Piero Pellegrini PCA Director Aftersales, Don Zaza
However, Porsche Centre Melbourne’s appointment as a Porsche Classic Partner was not a foregone decision. To qualify, it’s team of nine dedicated Porsche Classic specialists covering service advisors, technicians and parts interpreters had to undertake specialised training to meet stringent certification standards. “Porsche’s history still plays a defining role in shaping the company’s future and the job of Porsche Classic is to keep the fire burning,” Director of Porsche Classic, Mr Alexander Fabig, told guests at the celebration function. “Our aim is not to have as many Classic Partners as possible, but the right Partners. As a result, Porsche Centre Melbourne joins a very exclusive group”. The Porsche Classic Partner programme offers special services and rewards to owners of all Porsche models dating from the
first water-cooled 986 Boxster and 996-series 911 models back to the earliest 356 Porsches.
thus the first-generation Type 955 Porsche Cayennes (2002-2010) will be included from 2020.
These advantages included pre-purchase services, ranging from pre-purchase inspection and authentication, discounted hourly servicing rates, privileged fast access to more than 52,000 (and growing) rare Porsche Classic parts, to total restoration project management.
“So, everyone who buys a Porsche today is already – or soon will be – the owner of a Porsche Classic,” Piero said.
Current Porsche models will be added to the Classic programme on the 10th anniversary of the completion of each model series,
Mr Fabig said that while not every single part from the past was yet available, 80 people were working at Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany to remedy this. “More than 70 per cent of all Porsches ever built are still on the road around the world today and
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