'If you want a truly British driver's car, the ultimate development of a continuous line of thoroughbreds from the Vintage era to the present day, there is nothing in quite the same field as the Aston.' The Motor on the Aston Martin DB6, 26th November 1966.
This automatic transmission DB6 'Mk1' was built towards the end of 1965 for Mr Sidney Norman, a prolific Aston Martin owner of that era, who purchased a new one every year and was a regular visitor to the Newport Pagnell factory to see each of his cars under construction. First registered on 21st April 1966, 'KGK 37D' was later sold by Sidney Norman but such was his love for the DB6 that when the second owner decided to sell it some 12 years later, he repurchased the car and instructed Aston Works Service to restore it to 'as new' condition. This restoration was carried out during 1979/80 under the personal supervision of Kingsley Riding-Felce, currently Managing Director of Aston Martin Works. On completion, dashboard plaques were fitted to commemorate the effort that had been made in restoring the car to such a high standard.
In 1984, Sidney Norman sold the Aston Martin to Prince Mohammed Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini Royal Family, and there followed two further owners before 'KGK 37D' passed into the hands of the current vendor (an AMOC member) in the year 2000. Since that time, the owner has entrusted care of the car to Tony Christie, the respected Aston Martin specialist, and it has benefited from the restoration of many of the major components, which were either sympathetically restored or replaced while retaining originality. Some of the more recent work includes a complete engine top-end overhaul, with a new cylinder head gasket and high tensile studs, plus a new radiator core with 40% increased cooling capacity, and a gearbox overhaul by a specialist.
While the car might be considered to be approaching concours condition (by accepted Aston Martin standards) it retains much of the initial build's originality, the delightfully patinated leather interior in particular being in fine condition. Admired everywhere, 'KGK 37D' has given the present owner 13 years of wonderfully smooth, sporting motoring that only an Aston Martin can offer. The car comes with a comprehensive history file, which includes full documentation of previous owners; Copies of original AML build and service sheets; a letter from Kingsley Riding-Felce confirming the 1980 restoration at Works Service; feature from 'Aston Martin - Ever the Thoroughbred' by Robert Edwards & AMOC Register; a selection of photographs; a quantity of invoices for works undertaken since 2000 (mainly by Tony Christie of Classic Engineering; and assorted MoT certificates (2000 to present). Finished in maroon with tan leather interior, this factory-restored and fully documented Aston Martin DB6 is currently taxed/MoT'd and comes with Swansea V5 registration document.