1966 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon Registration no. KLE 19D Chassis no. DB6/2673/R
The culmination of Aston-Martins long-running line of 'DB' six-cylinder sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. Recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. The wheelbase was now 4 longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and re-shaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a re-appearance, but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space, revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sportscars it had tested. The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better. The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5, and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. Last-of-the-line models are always sought after by discerning collectors, and few are more highly prized that the final flowering of the glorious David Brown six-cylinder series, considered by many to the last of the real Aston Martins. This automatic transmission-equipped Mk1 was acquired by the current owner around seven years ago via the Runnymede Motor Company, having previously been owned, from 1989 onwards, by a Mr Espinosa of London W1. In February 2001 the engine was rebuilt by Newlands Motors (at a cost of £7,500) and is now unleaded compatible, while the gearbox was overhauled only two years ago by specialists Verdi (see letter on file). Other recent refurbishment has included paintwork refreshment, interior re-trim (three years ago), new carpets throughout (2008) and the installation of a stainless-steel exhaust system. In addition to bills relating to work mentioned above, KLE 19D comes with a quantity of previous-owner invoices from recognised specialists Ian Mason and Ian H Moss indicating further substantial expenditure during the late 1980s/early 1990s. The accompanying history file also contains a quantity of expired MoT certificates (11 in number) recording that the car has covered fewer than 22,000 miles in the past 20 years. Finished in red with black leather interior, this well presented DB6 is offered with current road fund licence, Swansea V5 registration document and fresh MoT.