1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Registration no. OPJ 9E Chassis no. DB6/3002/R Engine no. 400/3001
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. Culmination of this long-running line of 'DB' 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 restyle with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance, 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 sports cars 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 manual gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. A desirable five-speed manual transmission model equipped with the rare, factory fitted Webasto sunroof, 'OPJ 9E' has belonged to the current owner for the past 31 years, during which period it has covered only 20,000 miles. Work carried out has included replacing the chassis outriggers (12,000 miles ago), a full engine rebuild (receipts available) and fitting new wheels (10,000 miles ago) and installing a full stainless steel exhaust system. Always kept garaged, the car is described by the private vendor as in generally good original condition and offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.