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Rare Porsche is an eye-catcher in Reading

PUBLISHED: 14:18 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 08 October 2014

Gleaming in the showroom: the 1979 version of the 911 Turbo (type 930) Martini Edition

Gleaming in the showroom: the 1979 version of the 911 Turbo (type 930) Martini Edition

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A little miracle has been going on behind the scenes at Porsche Centre Reading, and it’s one for all fans of classic cars to relish.

With 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of Turbo and Targa Porsches, the Centre is restoring a rare 1979 registered, 911 Turbo (type 930) Martini Edition. This highly desirable car was a limited edition finished in the memorable Martini livery with colour co-ordinated interior, complete with Fuhrmann orthopedic seats.

Over the last few months, mechanical and bodywork repairs have been undertaken by the Centre in their state-of-the-art workshop, and in conjunction with their approved body repair centre, using the expertise and TLC of the trained technicians and Porsche genuine parts, to bring this rare yet iconic machine back to life and concourse condition. And these technicians are the very same ones who look after and service customers’ cars, with the same attention to detail and care.

It turns out that the Centre completes a restoration project every year, supporting the impressive statistic of over 70% of all Porsches ever made still being on the road today.

Porsche Centre Reading is something of a hidden treasure. Being located on the same site as Porsche Cars Great Britain HQ just off the M4 at J12, you’d be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t a dealership there at all, but rather a beautiful array under parasol canopies, of new and used Porsches that you’d expect to see outside head office.

As part of the Porsche Retail Group of five centres, the Centre at Reading is far more a hive of activity than you’d expect though throughout the year, with more than just test drives and car sales going on. The team at Reading enjoy welcoming many visitors to the showroom to view the full range of new and used cars on display, as well as hosting a number of events from new model launches and service clinics, to family open days, motorsport events, fashion shows and awards dinners. The Centre further hosts the UK’s largest collection of Porsche Carrera GT cars.

Porsche’s National Service Clinic event is the next event on the Centre’s calendar on Saturday 4 October, where customers can book to benefit from a complimentary vehicle health check, receive a complimentary Certificate of Authenticity and also enter a prize draw to win items from the exclusive Porsche Drivers Selection range. Visitors to the Centre will also be able to see and experience for themselves some usually behind-the-scenes activities of a Porsche dealership.

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