Dutch treat! Porsche Centrum and Classic Center Gelderland

Not only does Porsche Centrum Gelderland sell one of every four Porsches sold in the Netherlands, it has grown so significantly in vintage sales and restoration that it has become one of three factory recognized classic centers in the world. The walls are adorned with every kind of award for excellence in everything from sales to service to entrepreneurship. We sat with owner Mark Wegh earlier this year at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale and discussed the unprecedented growth of Porsche Centrum and Classic Center Gelderland.

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Porsche Centrum and Classic Center Gelderland

About an hour’s drive from either Amsterdam or Rotterdam in the Netherlands is Porsche Centrum Gelderland in the town of Heteren. While most Porsche dealers today are very well appointed and modern facilities, this is not your typical Porsche dealer.

Mark Wegh, Owner, Porsche Centrum Gelderland.

Mark Wegh, who along with his wife, Charlotte, started the business in 2005. Wegh is a very calm, quiet yet direct, and focused as a businessman. He also has the largest collection of rare Porsche, VW and Audi cars in private hands.

We started with his large car collection. “My favorite is the 356 Speedster, completely unrestored… original. It has never been painted and has 20,000 miles.”

Many very special Porsche, Audi and Volkswagens are part of the massive collection.

Wegh tells how his father was a workshop manager for a Volkswagen dealership. “I was born with a VW logo on my head,” he said. “The plan was that I should be a VW dealer. My whole career was built on that. But in the end I had the opportunity to be a Porsche dealer. So I started all this 14 years ago from zero and we are now one of the biggest world wide.”

Porsche Centrum Gelderland has an amazing range of 100 new and 150 used and vintage Porsches. Even the exclusive “latest and greatest” models like the Taycan can be found in a variety of trims and can be delivered quickly. The company also has proprietary offerings including leasing, insurance, transport, road-side assistance, and more.

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Large inventory means you will find the Porsche you seek

“You can buy a Porsche in 835 places in the world,” Wegh sad. “Same car, same quality. In the end we must bring something to the car, passion, experience. The client says ‘I will buy the car there because I am part of the family’. We do 80 events a year around the car.”

One of the highlights is an International Collectors Day, much like the Los Angeles Porsche Toy and Literature show. More than 4,000 people show up for this event.

A sign outside advertises the huge expansion

A recent expansion of the 35,000-square-foot facility is the addition of a third building on the campus – at nearly 80,000-square-foot and due to Open in October. Wegh is a very hands-on owner. Beyond his staff of more than 150 employees, his customers, who number in the thousands, all have his mobile phone number.

Merchandising is yet another facet of the business. “We (publish) a book of old 356 brochures given out by the factory between 1948 and 1964. It is more than 500 pages. Every brochure from the US, Germany… all over the world.

A 1964 911 — VIN number 113 — before undergoing a complete restoration

“We are now making a new book that will be every brochure for the Porsche 911 from 1964 to 1973.”

According to Porsche AG, “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 and will be certified as Porsche Classic Partners. These services will 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.”

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VIN number 113 at completion

Wegh’s location was the first, and in Europe, remains only one of three “Classic Centers.” The others are in Norway and France.

“We have 16 lifts dedicated to classic Porsche, beyond our retail service center,” Wegh said. “We do complete restoration. There are seven people doing just sheet metal. We have our own paint booth for the classic cars, because the paint is different than on the modern cars.

Several simultaneous restorations in the Classic Center

Wegh’s customers come from all over. “Obviously Holland is my primary, however I get customers from Germany, England, Belgium, all over.”

Clearly, Porsche Centrum Gelderland has long legs and certainly plans to build on its successes. “I like it and it is a lot of fun.” Wegh disclosed the secret of his success: “Never give a client a reason to go somewhere else.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Makes me want my 60 Supper 90 back real bad. Got it in Panama while in the Army in the late 60’s, brought it back to the states when I got out and ended up selling it while at Cabrillo Jr. Collage for $1850.00. All I could get at the time and yes I am still kicking myself over it. It was such a fun car, easy to work on and I loved to take the winding River Road from Felton to Santa Cruz pushing it all the way.

    • Dan:

      We all have that car we never should have sold… But the 1964 ‘901’ series restoration in this story was a super turn on for me. Mark Wegh is awesome good people — and his friends and customers know it.

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