1968 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Registration no. MUF 681F Chassis no. DB6/3246/R Engine no. 400/3317
'The object of the changes creating the DB6 has been to make room for adults in the two occasional back seats, but at the same time the opportunity has also been taken to make a number of detail improvements to the rest of the car...' - The Autocar, 1965.
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, updating the DB5. Recognisably related to the first of the series, 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. Although taken for granted these days, such aerodynamic devices were mainly confined to the racetrack in the 1960s and to integrate one so successfully into an existing design was quite a triumph for Aston Martin.
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.
The Motor magazine concluded its road test by declaring 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 thought that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.'
An automatic transmission model, this 'Mk1' DB6 was purchased by the current vendor in 2000 having previously belonged to Mr Martin Barlow of London SE16. The car comes with a good file of bills including two issued by marque specialists Pugsley & Lewis in 1998 (when it was owned by Mr Barlow) for general servicing and extensive assorted remedial works at a total cost of £6,400. Currently displaying a total of 87,200 miles on the odometer, 'MUF 681F' is finished in silver with red leather upholstery and described as in generally good condition mechanically, with fair bodywork and paint; the interior though, would benefit from a re-trim. The car comes complete with fitted cover and (copy) workshop manual, and is offered with the aforementioned file of bills, old-style logbook, MoT to October 2013 and Swansea V5 registration document. Electronic ignition is the only notified deviation from factory specification.