The Faces of Dutton

The Dutton Garage team is made up of industry leaders in collectable, classic and exotic cars. They bring decades of experience in buying, selling and investing in rare and exotic cars. Their wealth of experience, dedication and passion, puts them amongst the best collectable car consultants in the world.

SHAUN BAKER
(General Manager)

Cars were destined for Shaun from a young age, his passion for them grew rapidly and still does to this day. Over his career, Shaun has been a part of some amazing, high calibre Dealer Groups such as Ferrari, Maserati, AMG, Lamborghini, Lotus and Alfa Romeo. His roles and responsibilities have varied, from General Sales Manager to Dealer Principle and his love for all things AMG is infectious.

Hence, it is his life and calling to be involved with classic, bespoke and collectable cars – Dutton Garage has provided him with this phenomenal opportunity. To be surrounded by some of the best cars in the world and to work with a highly knowledgeable, experienced and inspired team means that Dutton Garage really is the pinnacle in the automotive sales sector.

The Dutton brand has seen massive global growth with representation in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and are the only dealer in the Southern Hemisphere to have hosted all the hyper cars, LaFerrari, Porsche 918, Bugatti Veyron and the McLaren P1 to name a few. Shaun’s role managing Dutton Garage is a challenging but extremely rewarding experience.

JOHN VARRASSO
(Senior Classic Car Specialist)

John began his career in the late 70s at Henley’s. He was promoted to group Sales Manager in 1980 where he forged a successful career in managing the sales process for iconic brands such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Volvo. In 1990 he joined Dutton Garage and began paving a successful career in classic and collectable cars. He is one of Australia’s foremost experts in classic cars.

In 2015 John celebrated his 25th anniversary as part of the extended Dutton family.

JEFF DUTTON
(Senior Classic Car Specialist)

As the third generation Dutton, Jeff began his career in the family workshop as a mechanical apprentice where he honed his skills in repairing Porsches and Ferraris. During his tenure in the family workshop Jeff saw the opportunity to begin buying the exotic cars he was repairing and began forming his talents in buying, selling and advising on rare and collectable cars.

Over a career that spans over five decades, Jeff has been humbled to have the rare opportunity to be involved in the purchase of some of the most important car collections in the world. He is considered a doyen amongst motoring enthusiasts and is, without a doubt, one of the most prolific classic car experts.

ROWAN THOMSON
(Senior Classic Car Specialist)

With a love of all things Porsche, Rowan began as a child, developing an in depth understanding of this classic marque. His childhood obsession forged on to become an adulthood career path. He joined Dutton Garage in 1994 and from that day forward he set about turning his dream of selling and collecting Porsches into a reality. His knowledge for rare Porsches is second to none in Australia.

Rowan is also the proud owner of an extensive collection of classic Porsches.

MARCO RAMIREZ
(Modern Prestige Specialist)

Marco has had a huge passion & involvement in cars since he was young. His father was a collector, who helped with the research, locating and restoration of classic cars for 7 years in Mexico. In addition to classic cars, Marco grew up racing go-karts for seven years and has had a life-long dedication to learning about sport cars and hyper cars.

Marco started his car career in sales with Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge for five years – moving on to Alfa Romeo and Fiat for three years and eventually to Mercedes Benz as an AMG specialist for four years. Since starting at Dutton Garage, Marco specialises in the modern/prestige vehicles and is increasing his experience in the classic car market.

BEN STACK
(Classic, Motorsport & Modern Specialist)

Barossa Born & Adelaide raised, Ben moved to Melbourne to work for Porsche, before being lured to Formula 1 brand McLaren, as Brand Manager for Melbourne. He has close ties with the McLaren F1 outfit, assembling the Factory McLaren GT3 car & driver line up for the 2018 Bathurst 12 hour. Ben’s involvement in the collector car scene has allowed him to make many great contacts, both personally and professionally. He subsequently joined Dutton Garage to assist, acquire and retail the classic & bespoke models across all brands.

Ben’s personal passion for modern collectables & classic cars has allowed him to introduce many new customers to the collector car market, many of whom trust him so implicitly that they have invested heavily through him to build diverse, blue-chip private collections. Ben competes Nationally in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Category.

KARL HUGHES
(Customer Service Manager)

From a young age, Karl has been immersed in luxury car brands. Through spending time at his family’s large prestige dealership in the UK to attending classic car shows and auctions, he has acquired a thorough knowledge of the automotive market. Furthermore, working as a Fraud Strategy Analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland for five years enabled Karl to review business procedures and streamline processes to improve customer service. Hence, the role of Customer Service Manager at Dutton Garage was a natural choice. Here he manages and motivates staff to enhance the customer experience and directly liaises with the GM to expand markets globally, particularly in the UK and Europe.