Property of a deceased’s estate,1965 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 4.2-Litre Vantage Saloon DB6/2403/R
Lot 305
Property of a deceased’s estate,1965 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 4.2-Litre Vantage Saloon DB6/2403/R
Sold for £98,300 (US$ 165,224) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of a deceased’s estate
1965 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 4.2-Litre Vantage Saloon
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. DB6/2403/R
Engine no. 400/2435/V


  • ‘The object of the changes creating the DB6 has been to make room for adults in the two occasional back seats, but at the same time the opportunity has also been taken to make a number of detail improvements to the rest of the car...’ - The Autocar, 1965.
    Unveiled at Earl’s Court in October 1965 during the London Motor Show, the distinctively styled Aston Martin DB6 featured a completely redesigned tail treatment with top-lip spoiler intended to counteract aerodynamic lift and reduce drag. Compared to the preceding DB4 and DB5-series cars, the longer-wheelbase DB6 gives the distinct visual impression of being a considerably more substantial motor car, but this impression is deceptive as it weighs only 17lbs more than the DB5 - a modest penalty to pay for the considerable convenience of increased legroom and headroom in both front and rear seats.
    The 4.0-litre dohc engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburettor form but the Vantage specification with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a thumping 325bhp, 11 horsepower more than in the DB5. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, ‘Selectaride’ driver-adjustable damping was standard and the DB6 could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, 0-100 in 15.0 and attain a top speed of 148mph. Coupé production totalled 1,327 units, including seven shooting brake conversions by Harold Radford.
    This DB6 Vantage had enjoyed three owners from new (details on file) when it was acquired by the vendor’s family in April 1972. The car was used for several years before being laid up, and between 2000 and 2007 was treated to a full restoration undertaken by marque specialist Ricky Cann at a cost of almost £100,000 (bills on file). In addition to a complete, ‘bare metal’ refurbishment, the Vantage received an engine upgrade to 4.2 litres capacity and conversion to accept unleaded fuel. A mere 100-or-so miles have been covered since completion and the car remains in commensurately good condition. Finished in dark blue with original black leather interior, ‘2403/R’ has the desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission and Webasto sunroof, and is offered with restoration photographs (on disc), current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document. A fresh MoT is expected by time of sale. (It should be noted that the registration mark ‘D 125’ is being retained by the vendor).

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that this lot carries the following Registration No. FKJ 358C