Three owners from new 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante Registration no. OUF 830G Chassis no. DBVC/3731/R Engine no. 400/4115/VC
First registered in June 1969, 'OUF 830G' was ordered new from Aston Martin by Mr Derek Hunnisett OBE, a company director and barrister based in Sussex. A keen Aston enthusiast, he used the car locally, for journeys to his offices in London and to the races where he was a prominent figure. He later took over Hannington's Department Store in Brighton and was latterly the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.
The DB6 was supplied through Seven Dials Motors in Hove, and the original specification was for Vantage engine tune, five-speed manual gearbox, power steering, Goodwood Green paintwork with tan hood and natural trim (copy Heritage Trust certificate on file). Mr Hunnisett kept the DB6 until 1975 when he exchanged it for an Aston Martin V8.
The car was then sold by the factory to Mr George Jones, an industrialist and inventor based in Cornwall (original correspondence and AML bill of sale on file). An MoT from the factory dated 22/9/75 shows a recorded mileage at this time of 56,415. The car was used locally and for trips around the country with Mr Jones' family. It remained in his ownership until September 1987 when it was sold privately to the current owner.
By this stage 111,000 miles had been covered; some refurbishment was required and a sympathetic light restoration carried out. The engine was dismantled and examined, with little sign of wear. In particular, the crankshaft was unblemished, and was refitted un-ground with new shells to the original specification, while the bores were de-glazed and new piston rings fitted. The original Weber carburettors were overhauled, the radiator re-cored and the clutch replaced. All the suspension was overhauled, new chromed wire wheels fitted and all the chromed trim items re-plated. The original interior was cleaned and a new hood made by a local coach-trimmer. New Wilton carpets were fitted at this time and the car was eventually returned to the road in 1998.
From 1998 to the present day, 'OUF 830G' has been used only for local journeys, often in conjunction with the local Aston Martin Owners Club South West section, its longest outing being a trip to the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 2007. When the most recent MoT was issued in August 2012, the mileage total was recorded as 19,308 (actual mileage 119,308).
Presented in its original colour scheme of Goodwood Green with natural leather interior and a new tan hood, this very rare Vantage Volante is offered for sale on the open market for the first time since 1975 and is presented in generally very good condition throughout. The only noteworthy deviations from standard specification are Lucas front fog lamps and a stainless exhaust.
The car is offered with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate and correspondence; a photocopy of the original logbook; a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs; some old invoices; Swansea V5C document and MoT to 20th August 2013. Spare keys and a set of starting/operating instructions come with it also.