1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V
Lot 723
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V
Sold for US$ 348,000 inc. premium

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1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2722/L Engine no. 400/2697/V
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2722/L
Engine no. 400/2697/V
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.

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.

Fortunately, the original supply records for these cars survive and a copy of the listing for this car confirms that it was supplied as it is here in Vantage specification and to left hand drive. Its original owner was Monsieur Herbert Kenmore of London's Golden Square, who was no doubt a Frenchman living in the U.K. as it was sold through the main Paris Aston Martin agent Garage Mirabeau.

From new it was in the handsome and elegant color scheme of Midnight blue, which allows the plethora of chrome trim to accent the design so well. Its specification also included limited slip differential, electric radio aerial, three ear 'knock-off' hubs and chrome wire wheels.

Within its early days it was transferred to the Willesden Engineering Co. Ltd. of Willesden Green, in North London, but subsequent owners are not listed on the records.
In the present ownership, the car has been returned to its original color scheme with a beautifully executed repaint. Its interior today is in black leather, which has some age, but still presents extremely well. The engine bay has been freshly detailed and shows strongly, while new chrome trim and many other detail pieces have ensured that the car's external presentation is very fine.

The DB6 has continued to find good appreciation in the market, particularly as variants of its predecessor have been seen to push seven figures for the best examples. With its desirable left hand drive specification and great condition, this car is deserving of close attention.

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  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1968.
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