Not many small companies have thrived in the auto industry for as long as we have. Our way of doing business seems to work.
Our story is humble and began with a dream, 600 square feet of space, and the credit line on a Visa card.
We knew there was a real need for Porsche service on Vancouver’s west side in 1980, because we were Porsche owners and enthusiasts ourselves. The Porsche community recognized our passion and we were booked out weeks in advance, often having to work outside ‘California style’ just to accommodate the overflow.
In 1982, we moved to a second shop with four bays, a glass walled engine assembly room, a small boutique area, and a parts department the size of an average bedroom.
By 1985, we had five employees and business was booming. We took a location four times the size at 7th & Yukon. Having the space for a 5-car showroom gave us a strong sales presence and we now had three technicians in the workshop.
In 1987, we really expanded our business in sales, service and parts to become known as the “Porsche Authority” in Western Canada.
In those early years we were racing “Elvis”, a vintage racing Porsche 356, at the Westwood track. We also sponsored some vintage rally talent who went on to win their class in the Lotus Elan. We were on a roll and enjoying ten years of success.
In 1992, we were offered our first franchise and became Western Canada’s dealer for Lotus Cars.
When 1996 arrived, it was time to build our own store on Vancouver’s west side. Our new location and showroom introduced us to a new generation of Porsche and Lotus owners. We were now running on all cylinders with a service department of master technicians, a full parts team, our sales force, and 8500 square feet dedicated to the cars we love.
We renovated in 2001, expanding our showroom. It was also the right time to focus on positioning the unique offer and dedicated commitment of our brand as a premium vehicle dealer. The thrill of motorsport was drawing us back and we entered endurance racing with our ’88 Carrera and won many titles. Our competitive spirit was still alive and strong.
We continued with great success in 2002, competing in the West Coast Endurance road racing series. We posted top performances in all five races and finished with an overall first place result.
In 2003, we ran the same Carrera at the Whistler Porsche Club Autocross and road race. Motorsport is a big part of our culture and remains a passion among our staff today. Since the early days we’ve also taken first place at the Whistler in GTO and the BC regional Solo 2 Championship in A/SP with our Carrera.
Another perfect fit was introduced to our showroom in 2004, when we were appointed the official Lamborghini Dealer for Western Canada. We successfully reintroduced the Lamborghini brand to Vancouverites after a thirteen-year absence. We also brought in the little-known German brand RUF, however, later that year we decided to take on TechArt in favour of RUF, and we have represented them ever since.
In 2006 and 2007, our commitment was to invest sponsorship in our communities and at the local PCA Chapters. We also continued enhancing our sales, service and parts for Porsche, which is a fundamental part of our business. We also moved our Lamborghini store to what we thought was a temporary location 2 building down and set up a standalone store to represent the brand appropriately.
Our commitment to invest in our communities and at the local PCA Chapters in 2006 and 2007, saw us successfully sponsor countless events that we thoroughly enjoyed. We also continued enhancing our sales, service and parts for Porsche, which is a fundamental part of our business.
In 2009, we were invited to represent the prestigious Bugatti brand. It was an opportunity we couldn’t refuse.
We opened the ‘Colezione Automobili Lamborghini’ store in Richmond’s Aberdeen Mall in 2010. This Lamborghini boutique became the third store of its kind in the world after LA and Beijing. It’s a must visit for aficionados.
Our Porsche business saw us selling cars across the country and our reputation allowed us to grow in volume.
We had also found a new home for the Lamborghini store and bought and refurbuished a third of the block across the street to firmly establish the brand in a spectacular store that has really allowed us to showcase automobile Lamborghini. Truly a WOW statement and we celebrated in grand style sept 2013.
Plans were also underway to refurbish the Weissach store and we completed a nice clean up and refresh in 2014.
In the summer of 2015 we opened our brand new Lamborghini store on heritage drive in Calgary . Architecturally stunning on 2 floors and 20000 sq feet this represents a new standard for all of us . The lower floor is dedicated to the Lamborghini brand and upstairs we have a mixed collection of premium pre owned sports cars along with our Weissach brand of perfect Porsches. . All this is supported by a full parts and service team who are committed to the same experience you have come to rely on. We will also represent the lotus, Koenigsegg and Ruf brands here .
We are thrilled that we have been able to create a small centre of excellence in Calgary and we welcome you to visit .
2015 also brought racing activity back with 2 cars at Lamborghini super trofeo and our competitive spirit got the better of us with 2 Huracan and we ended the year with the north American champions and the world champions in AM Class . We are also corporate members at the area 27 track in Oliver BC where we will host our track and driving events.
2016 reintroduced us back to the Ruf family and we are thrilled to be representing RUF automobiles in Canada.
Our website has evolved with the times as well, and we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1980, we’ve worked beside people who have been determined to achieve the same goal – making Weissach one of the best automotive experiences for our customers.
We are a socially responsible company, participating in worthy charitable causes, donating both time and money, while giving back to the community that has supported us. Environmentally, we are very aware of our responsibility and adhere to the strictest policies. We’ve always believed that reinvesting in our people and facilities creates an environment of fun and excellence that provides the right tools to run perfectly.
1757 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 PST
Sat 10:00-5:00 PST (sales only)
Closed on long weekends