Left hand drive, believed to be one of nine cars built to this specification
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Saloon
Chassis no. DB6 MK2 4125 L
Engine no. 400/4355/VC
The culmination of Aston-Martin's 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 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.
Introduced in July 1969, the DB6 Mk2 incorporated many components shared with the new DBS, most obviously the latter's wider wheels that necessitated flaring the front and rear wheel arches. All Mk2 Vantages came with the highest (325bhp) 'C' state of tune, while all cars benefited from power-assisted steering as standard. Production lasted until November 1970, during which time only 240 DB6 Mk2s were manufactured, 71 of which were to Vantage specification.
Each year in May Bonhams are privileged to partner with and hold an auction at the Aston Martin Works, and over the course of the last decade this has enabled our company to establish a reputation for offering the finest and rarest Aston Martins. This car fits firmly into both categories.
It is thought to be one of just nine late Mark II specification examples that were delivered as left hand drive cars. In the last 40 or so years, it has become the norm for a British car to be supplied as right or left hand drive, depending on which market it was intended for, but nearly half a century ago the additional expense and time that a left hand drive build demanded coupled to the client 'need' to have their fashionable car as soon as possible meant that it really required a true connoisseur to wait for this specification. The Swiss have a long history of precision so perhaps it is not surprising that such a discerning specification was ordered by the first Swiss owner of this car. From Switzerland, it is known that the car passed into Europe and for many years the car resided in Belgium in a prominent Aston Martin collection. The present owner sourced the car from Belgium through the UK in the late 1990s.
In previous ownership the car had its bodywork restored comprehensively by Goldsmith and Young of London and the car's engine was rebuilt by the world renowned Aston authority R.S. Williams. The colors chosen are a traditional silver livery with black leather upholstery. This work has aged a little, there being slight blemishes on the hood edge and trunk lid, but these details aside the car still presents very well and can be highly recommended.
An extremely rare derivative of the marque and model - a truly desirable collectible automobile.