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When did OPC start ?

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Does anyone know in which year Porsche bought out the franchise dealers (such as Charles Ivey, HR Owen and AFN) and created the Official Porsche Centres ?

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I don't think they bought them out- they are all independent companies, but official franchises IIRC. They may own AFN, not sure.

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Sorry, when I say bought out, they no longer supplied official new Prosche.

For example, my local OPC in Hertfordshire used to HR Owen Porsche in the past. I am sure it is the same for the other OPCs.

Some just kept their premises and became specialists, such as Charles Ivey.

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I may be wrong here, but I don't think any of them are actually owned by Porsche (although Reading, Guildford, Park Lane and Great West Road may be as they were previoulsy AFN) They are all now called "<town/city name> Porsche" as a result of a change in corporate identity policy - quite common in the motor trade since Block Exemption rules changed in 2003.

AFN were the initial importers of Porsche into the UK. Most imports were first sold by some enterprising company that took the brave step of bringing a new brand to the buying public! e.g. Dovercourt used to import ALL VW/Audi into the UK, AFG (Octav Botnar) took a punt on Nissan (Datsun as they were called at the time), Lex decided they might be able to flog a few Volvos, and so on...

Then all these companies became victims of their own success and sold so many cars (both wholesale - to other dealers, and retail) that the manufacturers decided to establish official national marketing companies outside the country of manufacture. IIRC Porsche were one of the last to do this, as Reading HQ was branded AFN up until really quite recently - 2000??

Most of the OPCs are now part of much larger multi-franchise dealer groups now - e.g. Silverstone is part of the Sytner group, Colchester, Cambridge, Bow are all part of what was the Lancaster Group (now Jardine), etc. HR Owen were bought out by one of the big groups recently (I think Pendragon)


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Wattie is spot on - 'Porsche Centre Leeds' is owned by JCT600, Bournemouth by Heddel & Deeks etc.

Porsche made all dealers drop their own brand names and trade as 'Porsche Centres' in 2005.

Porsche Cars GB (formerly AFN Limited) was acquired by Porsche AG in (from memory) 2001 and so own Reading, Guildford and West London. All others are franchised dealers.

Philip

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Previous poster said:
Porsche Cars GB (formerly AFN Limited) was acquired by Porsche AG in (from memory) 2001 and so own Reading, Guildford and West London. All others are franchised dealers.Philip
Hatfield & Park lane are also owned by Porsche Retail GB in turn owned by Porsche AG. Total of 5 Porsche GB owned dealerships.

Others owned by other multi-franchised groups such as Lancaster, Pendragon etc. I just bought from Nottingham which is a Pendragon franchise


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Thanks to all the posters. It is now much clearer.

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Porsche Cars GB and AFN were independant until the early 70s, and Porsche AG didn't take full control until 1987.

However, Porsche took a 60% stake in 1972 with Ferry becoming chairman.

AFN had been around since the early 1900s, but was taken over by the Aldington family in1927, but started to sell Porsches in the 60s (I think). Porsche Cars GB was started in 1966 to import cars, which were sold by AFN.

They were vaguely independant until 1972, and then fully one in 1987. You could say that the OPC network has been around since the lates 60s/early 70s


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Quote: Originally posted by supersport on 03 February 2007
Porsche Cars GB and AFN were independant until the early 70s, and Porsche AG didn't take full control until 1987.
However, Porsche took a 60% stake in 1972 with Ferry becoming chairman.
AFN had been around since the early 1900s, but was taken over by the Aldington family in1927, but started to sell Porsches in the 60s (I think). Porsche Cars GB was started in 1966 to import cars, which were sold by AFN.
They were vaguely independant until 1972, and then fully one in 1987. You could say that the OPC network has been around since the lates 60s/early 70s

Great post Mark :)

Philip

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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by pmjt on 03 February 2007

Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by supersport on 03 February 2007

Porsche Cars GB and AFN were independant until the early 70s, and Porsche AG didn't take full control until 1987.

However, Porsche took a 60% stake in 1972 with Ferry becoming chairman.

AFN had been around since the early 1900s, but was taken over by the Aldington family in1927, but started to sell Porsches in the 60s (I think). Porsche Cars GB was started in 1966 to import cars, which were sold by AFN.

They were vaguely independant until 1972, and then fully one in 1987. You could say that the OPC network has been around since the lates 60s/early 70s
Great post Mark :)
Philip
Cheers Philip, would love to say that I am a very knowledgeable Porsche-o-file, but got it all from last months Porsche Post :oops:


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Interesting company AFN - wonder how many other companies lasted that long with their name being quite simply the founders initials?

I used to know a guy that used to race chain-driven Frazer-Nashes at Le Mans 24-hours. He used to drive the car down from Leicester, do the race, and then if the car was still OK, go and do another endurance race (at Monza I think he said) and then drive home again!!!

Those were the days...




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