1968 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Registration no. PYR 916F Chassis no. DB6/3372/R Engine no. 400/4565/VC
As was custom and practice at the time, the DB6 was introduced to the public at the London Motor Show, held at Earls Court in 1965, the new model being notable as the first introduced following the factory's move from Feltham to Newport Pagnell. Although it shared its visual cues with the preceding DB5, the newcomer offered superior high-speed stability courtesy of its new Kamm tail, and greater interior space thanks to a wheelbase 3.7" longer than that of its predecessor. The four-seater's hand-finished aluminium panels and sheet-steel platform chassis contributed to a claimed kerb weight of 1,474kg, only 8kg more than the DB5s. Press reviews, which were avidly consumed by potential buyers in those days, praised the latest Aston Martin's poise and handling. All-round coil-sprung suspension was employed on the DB6 as were four-wheel disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering. Its power unit was the well proven, Tadek Marek-designed, 3,995cc twin-cam six, which was quoted as developing 282bhp and 280lb/t of torque in standard tune. Available transmissions consisted of a ZF five-speed manual or Borg Warner automatic, in which no-cost option form the DB6 recorded a maximum speed of 140mph in contemporary road tests. Right-hand drive chassis number '3372/R' was delivered new equipped with automatic transmission, power steering, heated rear screen and centre console radio. The car was finished in Dubonnet Rosso with tan leather interior and was first owned by Dr Judith Townsend of Northwich, Cheshire. Kenric Donaldson-Gough was its second owner, motor dealer Brian Classic of Knutsford the third and D Beale of London the fourth. The conversion from automatic transmission to the current five-speed manual gearbox was carried out by Chevron specialist Vin Malkie of Manchester, whose garage looked after the car from 1981 to 1989. The current engine block, a later Mk2 Vantage component, dates from this period. The vendor advises us that a balanced clutch assembly was fitted by Aston Martin Works Service and reports that 80lbs of engine oil pressure is indicated on tick-over, rising to 110psi at higher revs. The suspension was rebuilt around 12 years ago and the bodywork repainted in Silver Birch by Eaton Square Garage circa 11 years ago. There is now some minor bubbling below the paint and some light damage to the passenger-side wing and around the badges. The seat leather is original and has not been restored, and it is reported that the ventilation fans and both electric windows are in working order. The current owner acquired the Aston in 2006, since when light restoration work has been carried out and the car driven only on day trips during the summer months, always starting and proving reliable. A new set of Avon tyres was fitted two years ago and the car has 3-ear spinners. The most recent maintenance work carried out included renewing the rear springs, fitting an aluminium radiator and new fan cowling, Zircoating the exhaust manifolds and renewing both front sections of the exhaust with stainless pipes and flexible connections, all in 2011. Described by the vendor as a good usable DB6, the car is offered with current (tax-exempt) road fund licence and MoT to January 2013.