A family owned business for 100 years, what began as a modest service station and repairs workshop in the back streets of Richmond is now an exclusive world class car showroom and established social landmark in the heart of South Yarra.
The legend began in a small Burnley Street garage in 1911 when Albert Octavius Dutton began creating coachwork for vehicles such as Rolls-Royce, Hispano and Isotta Franchini. Built by Albert, this was the first Dutton Building.
It wasn't until over 50 years later that Albert's son Albie Dutton began to develop the business into larger premises that would house a service and repairs workshop with a new prestige car and second hand car showroom.
In 1989, the second Dutton showroom was established on Church Street in Richmond, by Albie and his son Jeff Dutton, who renovated an old chocolate factory, creating a unique space for a prestige car dealership. Known as the doyen of rare and collectable sports cars, Jeff's expertise and interests extended into the auction world, consulting with Sotheby's and the Victorian Museum.
Because of this, the Dutton showroom has since become a meeting point for car aficionados alike, with a museum-like display of classic cars, auto-mobile memorabilia and artwork. It is also the first car showroom with an in-house cafe, Cafe Veloce, opening in 1990 by renowned restaurateur, Maurice Terzini (Caffé e Cucina, Otto, North Bondi Italian and Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons).
Now with the youngest Dutton generation on board (James and Simone), the third Dutton showroom has opened its door in the Dutton Building in South Yarra. Designed by renowned Melbourne architects, Plus Architecture - a joint venture of Fender Katsilidis and SJB Architects - the building location on Claremont Street provides a street level showroom, designed for displaying rare and classic automobiles.
The new Dutton showroom is home to one of the best selections of rare and exotic luxury cars in the Southern Hemisphere.