1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Sports Saloon Registration no. AFP 20 (see text) Chassis no. DB6Mk2FI/4171/R Engine no. 400/4460/FI
Considered by many to be the last 'proper' Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched at the London and Paris Motor Shows in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4, which had founded this particular line of Aston Martin six-cylinder sports cars back in 1958, the DB6 abandoned its predecessors' Carrozzeria Touring-designed Superleggera body framework in favour of a conventional steel fabrication clad, as previously, in aluminium panels. 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 tail - named after its inventor, the German automobile engineer, Professor Wunibald Kamm - improved the aerodynamics. 'The most obvious difference from the DB5 is the anti-lift tail end beautiful to the eyes of today, but how odd it would have seemed 10 years ago,' remarked Motor, while observing that 'slightly raising of the roofline and a somewhat longer wheelbase make the DB6 a genuine four-seater.' Although apparently a bigger car than its predecessors, the weight of the new model was in fact only fractionally increased. Designed by Tadek Marek and race tested in the DBR2 before its production debut in the DB4, Aston's twin-cam 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 on triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox while for the first time power-assisted steering was an option. In the summer of 1969 the Mark 2 DB6 was announced in saloon and convertible versions. Distinguishable by its flared wheelarches and DBS wheels, the DB6 Mark 2 came with power-assisted steering as standard and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection. When DB6 production ceased in 1970, a total of 1,575 saloons had been made, plus 178 of the long-wheelbase Volante convertibles, of which only 38 were to Mk2 specification like this example. First registered 'DME 267J' in Inverness on 30th October 1970, chassis number '4171' was delivered new fitted with fuel injection and automatic transmission. The vendor purchased the Aston in October 1976 via David Harrison Ltd of Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh for £2,850 (bill of sale on file). Its previous recorded keeper was Hall Advertising of Chester Street, Edinburgh. The car was then reregistered with the vendor's own plate 'AFP 20' (his initials). He would dearly like to retain the cherished number once the car is returned to the road, but understands if this is not possible. In the late 1970s the vendor decided to change the car from its original specification of fuel injection to triple Weber carburettors (as used in the DB6 Vantage) and replace the automatic gearbox with a ZF five-speed manual, the work being carried out by marque specialist Robin Hamilton of Staffordshire. The car was repainted in the 1980s. Following the DB6's MoT failure in 2002, it was decided to place the car in garage storage, where following heavy snow two years ago part of the roof collapsed damaging the Aston's roof, near-side front wing and bonnet. Expired MoTs on file record that by 1981 the car had covered 71,000 miles, while the current odometer reading is circa 88,000 miles, hence most mileage was covered in its first 10 years. Not used for the past decade, the car is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. This exciting and potentially most rewarding restoration project comes with Swansea V5C registration document.