In 1964 Al Garthwaite, an amateur sports car racer and Italian sports car aficionado, retired from Lee Tire and Rubber Company, and founded Algar Ferrari at the Derham Custom Body Company, renowned for building custom motor coaches for the wealthy since 1887.
In 1972 Al Garthwaite and Luigi Chinetti formed a partnership to become the importer for Ferrari for the entire eastern half of the United Sates.
In 1995 Garthwaite passed the dealership to Bob Segal, a young enthusiastic owner who brought racing to Algar with the Ferrari Challenge Series and sponsorship of Ferrari Club of America track events.
Before passing the torch to a new owner, the Segals completed a 3 year, $7 million renovation of the 33,000 square foot dealership in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania providing a new world-class Ferrari facility in Philadelphia. The facility was christened at the unveiling of the 2012 Ferrari FF and Grand Opening on November 10, 2011. Guests included long-time Ferrari North America executives, valued clients, Ferrari enthusiasts and professional athletes who toasted the new showroom with prosecco and enjoyed a night of live jazz, Italian cuisine, desserts and espresso.
Jack Clarke, VP of Sales at Ferrari North America said, “The entire Algar team has done a phenomenal job creating one of the finest showroom and auto service facilities in the world. We are proud to unveil the Ferrari FF to the Philadelphia market here at Algar.”
In April of 2012, Bob Segal sold the dealership to Aleks, a young visionary businessman who will guide the dealership into the future. Among his top priorities is building and perfecting a state-of-the-art ecommerce experience for Ferrari brand enthusiasts for 2013. Aleks’s leadership ensures that Algar Ferrari of Philadelphia will continue to imagine and realize what’s next, building upon the storied history of Algar Ferrari.
Last edited: 30 June 2021