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Published June 2nd 2015
A Great Garage and First Class Cars
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The main showroom in Dutton Garage, 41 Madden Grove, Richmond 3121


For an auto enthusiast, Dutton Garage must be close to car heaven. Indeed, even for a casual admirer of all things on four wheels, this Richmond business would win many fans from a visit.

Alfred Dutton began his craft as a bespoke builder of car bodies and boats. Yet, just as Lamborghini was once an Italian tractor company - before realising its calling was foremost in building fast cars - so too did the Dutton family ultimately find a life's calling in cars.

Today Dutton Garage is a sizeable multi-level headquarters of all things auto just off Burnley Railway station. Many things have changed since its early beginnings under Alfred Dutton the Garage is today owned by the Morgan Sachs group and includes within its wings the original Dutton Sporting Cars brand began in 1911 but the love of cars has remained.

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The Carroll Shelby installation inside Dutton Garage



When it comes to sourcing of the vehicles housed within, Dutton Garage is a truly world-wide affair. Many of their actually come from Japans and New Zealand, affirming its reputation as a major wholesaler of vehicles within the Asian region. Yet, its reach extends well beyond with models coming from Argentina, the United States and Europe. This side of the business is substantial, with it understood over 1000 cars a month are sold through the Garage.

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Some of the cars sold and set for drive-out.


Con Melios, Marketing Manager at Dutton Garage indicated one of the reasons Dutton moves many vehicles, the Garage looks to ensure good value for money is foremost.

"Our cars are very competitively priced and this is a chief factor for us in daily operations", said Con.

"We have the know-how and resources to get a Dutton client what they want, and we look to ensure as we go through this process the end result is a good deal for our clients."

As impressive as the cars are, it is just the beginning from the Garage's perspective. Pretty as Dutton Garage's showroom is, there are of course other showrooms in Melbourne. And, as any car fan will tell you, it is what is going on 'under the hood' that really tells the story of a machine. The lower floor of Dutton then is in every sense of the word the engine room upon which the business is built. Were there any doubts about what Dutton is seeking to project and to do, surely it'd be shown here. Yet, the photos alone evidence this business has a solid grasp on its operations.

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A view of the workshop at Dutton Garage...


Wander off the showroom floor and downstairs and it is here that you shall see just where the engine room of Dutton Garages' operations - and the backbone of its reputation as a serious team of race car enthusiasts - has been established. Therefore, if you select a speedy number in the showroom and find yourself keen to get it out racing on a track, you can begin that process right then and there. Alongside having a dedicated race mechanic downstairs (more on this in a moment) there's also a truck available to deliver your car trackside.

The veteran mechanic is a man named Ben Henson. His name would not be unfamiliar to those about Melbourne who regularly get out and about for trackmeets and racedays. Having over 30 years' experience in the industry he's got both a real passion for cars and no sign it'll wear off anytime soon. Alongside preparing and restoring cars for the track, he'll even join customers of the Garage out at track meets and race day events. With this, it can be said the Garage seems to have commendably built a rare service of 'floor to flag' racing seldom offered elsewhere.

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A Formula One car being worked on in Dutton Garage...


Further, a final note on Dutton Garages' service ethos. While the Garages' showroom illustrated it was a business comfortable in dealing with luxury cars, it also underscored their wider service as a dealer of all cars. Thus, if a client is particular keen or sentimental not for a Ferrari or Jaguar - but perhaps instead a 1992 Honda Civic or roaring Chrysler Valiant - the Garage would go ahead and seek it out for you.

With this it should be declared writer was a guest at Dutton Garage for this review - and as a keen car fan - should say it was not a struggle to enjoy the afternoon. Yet, a word should be said - for those perhaps understandably a bit intimidated to step inside a places with some expensive cars on sale - the team do a good job at ensuring everyone feels welcome and at home inside the showroom. A good example of this is as follows.

While the writer was welcomed and warmly by received by Con and Co., once or twice a member of the staff politely excused themselves for a moment or two to go attend to a customer's enquiry. As distinct from this being a bad thing, it shows pretty well that customer service - and treating everyone who comes in equally - is a priority to the Garage.

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The view looking down towards the main entrance (with in-house cafe on left).


So, whether is it this garage, or another garage - or a cafe, restaurant, or anywhere else - any establishment looking to do a solid job in what it offers and how it treat its customer shall surely win this writer's admiration. In turn, trust it can be said though this review is neither exhaustive or all-encompassing of what the Garage does; it is a fair reflection of it.

Dutton Garage, whether keen on your first car or a Formula One car, this Richmond business is well worth a stop by.
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Why? A Great Garage and First Class Cars
When: Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday closed.
Phone: 1300 388 866 (1300 DUTTON)
Where: 41 Madden Grove, Richmond Victoria 3121
Cost: free
Your Comment
Thanks Ed for the article. As a lover of cars I occasionally popped into Duttons when they were in Church Street Richmond but was a bit intimidated by the look of there Madden Grove operation. Your article has changed that perspective for me so I will defiantly now venture in for a look. Who knows I might buy a car. Thank you. regards Peter
by Peter (score: 0|2) 839 days ago
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