Dutton Sporting Cars
Established in 1911 by Albert Octavius Dutton, the iconic Dutton brand has an automotive legacy of over 100 years. Dutton began as a bespoke body and boat builder creating coach work for vehicles such as Rolls Royce, Hispano and Isotta. As the business grew Albert purchased the land next door and his son Albie, an architect and engineer, designed and built a large workshop and showroom area to accommodate the expanding business.
The Dutton workshop became the official Porsche repairers for Norman Hamilton Porsche Melbourne and also Ferrari repairer for W.H.Lowe. The first car dealership the Dutton’s acquired was Fiat in 1965. Then again in the 1960s Dutton became the Victorian Citroen distributors. The business was awarded the Australian Citroen Dealer of the year for three consecutive years. During this time Albert’s grandson, Jeff Dutton, who was apprenticed in the workshop repairing Porsches and Ferraris, decided to buy and sell these special collectable vehicles and soon the garage became a regular meeting place for car enthusiasts.
In 1996 Dutton expanded the business into the exotic car market becoming the Victorian distributor for Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin, AC, TVR and Caterham. Car brands that at the time were fairly unknown to the Australian market.
Today, as a part of Dutton Garage, the legacy carries on.