About us


About Us

Charles Ivey Porsche Specialists started life in a mews in Kensington and was the culmination of Charles Ivey’s love and fascination for all things Porsche. The business quickly outgrew its halcyon mews setting and in 1974 moved to the Hurlingham Road in Fulham where it remained until 2018.

His enthusiasm for the marque generated a great working environment and his sense of fun and adventure lead to the formation of Charles Ivey Racing which enjoyed great success throughout the 80’s and 90’s. It was a busy time, but the fundamental principle of providing Porsche owners with an impeccable service was never compromised, nor was the warm welcome that was extended to everyone, whether they brought their car in for a service or simply came round for a chat.

Today Charles is enjoying his retirement but the business that he started all those years ago endures.

About us

The current owner, Alvaro Crego, started as an apprentice with Charles straight from school in 1978 and has been running the business since 1991. He has first hand experience in every aspect of the business, actively participates in day-to-day operations, is at his happiest in the workshop and often spends far too much time in his office with the paperwork but he always enjoys going to work.

The business, like the 911, has evolved over the years and now provides a diversity of services designed to enhance the overall customer experience. The one thing that has not changed is the commitment to excellence.

Alvaro says, “I am extremely proud of this company’s heritage and, although our customer base is considerably more diverse today than it was in the beginning, we still have many customers who have been with us for nearly as long as the company has been in existence: a testament to the fact that, in whatever we do, we always put our customers’ needs at the top of the list.”

November 2016

After nearly 50 years as London’s leading Porsche specialist, Charles Ivey (Specialist Cars) Limited, opened in Surbiton!

In keeping with our philosophy that technical innovation and tradition can sit comfortably alongside each other, we were fortunate to acquire the building formerly occupied by Cooper Cars from 1934 to 1965. We have, over the past year, sympathetically renovated the listed building preserving many of its original features for present and future Cooper enthusiasts to enjoy. At the same time we have equipped our workshop and MOT station with the latest technology and introduced the Charles Ivey heritage that we are so proud of. The end result is, we believe, a place where Porsche owners can bring their cars safe in the knowledge that our facilities and expertise will result in a service that is second to none and, should time permit, take a moment to enjoy a ‘cuppa’ in an environment steeped in history and excellence.

September 2018

After 44 years in Fulham, we announce the closure of the Hurlingham Road showroom. The Fulham operation has relocated to the Surbiton office.

All services offered by Charles Ivey (Specialist Cars) Limited are available from Surbiton and we hope that this will not only increase choice for our existing customers, but also afford us the opportunity to demonstrate to new customers that choosing Charles Ivey for their Porsche needs is a great choice to make.

Ivey House is located on the corner of Hollyfield Road and Ewell Road opposite Fishponds Park and a short walk from Surbiton railway station (a free pick-up/drop-off service is available for customers).

Our free vehicle collection/delivery service and our loan car facility is also available from this site.

We look forward to welcoming you to Charles Ivey Specialist Cars in Surbiton in the near future.

For more information or to arrange a booking please call 020 7731 3612 or email mark@charlesivey.com