1969 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon to Vantage specification, Chassis no. DB6/4064/R Engine no. 400/4240
Lot 384
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon to Vantage specification, Chassis no. DB6/4064/R Engine no. 400/4240
Sold for £107,900 (US$ 179,067) inc. premium
Lot Details
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon to Vantage specification

Registration no. PJF 518H
Chassis no. DB6/4064/R
Engine no. 400/4240

Footnotes

  • '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.

    Unveiled at Earl's Court in October 1965 during the London Motor Show, the distinctively styled Aston Martin DB6 featured a completely redesigned tail treatment with top-lip spoiler intended to counteract aerodynamic lift and reduce drag. Compared to the preceding DB4 and DB5-series cars, the longer-wheelbase DB6 gives the distinct visual impression of being a considerably more substantial motor car, but this impression is deceptive as it weighs only 17lbs more than the DB5 - a modest penalty to pay for the considerable convenience of increased legroom and head¬room in both front and rear seats.

    The 4.0-litre dohc engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburettor form but the Vantage specification with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a thumping 325bhp, 11 horsepower more than in the DB5. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, 'Selectaride' driver-adjustable damping was standard and the DB6 could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, 0-100 in 15.0 and attain a top speed of 148mph. Saloon production totalled 1,327 units, including seven shooting brake conversions by Harold Radford.

    Equipped with the desirable five-speed manual gearbox, this DB6 was first purchased and registered as 'PFJ 518H' in the United Kingdom on 4th April 1969. It had four owners in the UK and was up-rated to Vantage specification. The previous registered keeper was Mr Frederick Albert Heywood of Hawkshaw, Greater Manchester who purchased the vehicle on 20th November 1980. The Aston was subsequently sold to a collector in the Netherlands where, during the years 1996 to 1997, it underwent a complete bare metal restoration (photographic record available). Prior to acquisition, the car had the Dutch license plate 'DL–53–04'. The car was purchased from VSOC in 2011 and on 10th November 2011 was registered in the UK, its original registration 'PFJ 518H' being reinstated. We are advised that the engine was, and still is, in excellent condition; it registers the correct oil pressure and, more importantly, never overheats in traffic.

    In October 2011 the Aston was extensively serviced by the Runnymede Motor Company who also replaced the front radius arms and their mountings, repaired the rear floor pan and replaced the heater blower. Last year (in September) the Aston was back at Runnymede for further work which included fitting new door mirrors, repainting both doors, fitting inertia reel seatbelts in the rear, rebuilding the front suspension, installing a new upgraded window lift motor to the driver's door, fitting a Kenlowe electric cooling fan, installing a new radio console and fitting five new Michelin XWS tyres to new chromed wire wheels. In addition, the rear axle was sent away for a complete rebuild including the incorporation of a high-ratio crown wheel and pinion. During the 2011-2013 over £20,000 was spent on the aforementioned refurbishment as well as restoration of the leather interior (invoices on file), though the latter was only completed in March 2013 and the invoice for that work has not yet been issued. Stored in a Carcoon for maximum protection, the car is described as in generally excellent driveable condition and comes with current road fund licence, MoT to September 2013 and Swansea V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number for this vehicle is printed incorrectly in the catalogue, it should be PFJ518H
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