1971 Aston Martin DB6 MK II
Lot 233
The penultimate built, two owners from new,1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB6Mk2/4343/R Engine no. 400/4792
Sold for £214,300 (US$ 360,199) inc. premium
Lot Details
The penultimate built, two owners from new
1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. FPE 230J
Chassis no. DB6Mk2/4343/R
Engine no. 400/4792


  • This DB6 Mk2 was purchased new on 28th April 1971 from H W Motors Ltd by a Mr Thomas Overbury of Cheltenham, who part-exchanged his DB6. It was the fourth and last Aston Martin that he purchased. The current (second) owner purchased 'FPE 30J' on 17th May 1986 and its restoration, which was to cover a period of some 12 years, started at the beginning of 1987.
    It was clear from the beginning that the rebuild was going to take some time and it was quickly decided to MoT the car and drive it incomplete and with no paintwork, as can be seen in the pictures on file. The Aston was sent to a local specialist for work on the aluminium body, which was very slow and came to an abrupt halt when the firm went in receivership. The car was recovered and put into storage.

    The second body specialist took six months to complete the work and still charged the quoted £2,500 despite having estimated that the job would take him only six weeks! The bonnet alone took three days to fit. Two weeks before the finish it was decided that the door skins were beyond repair. Two pieces of aluminium sheet were taken to a friend of the body specialist, who ten minutes after receiving an old skin as template had fabricated two new ones for the princely sum of £10.

    During the restoration, the owner wrote to Aston Martin trying to establish the original paint colour code. They replied saying that the colour was considered lost but a visit to the parts department resulted in the discovery of a selection of swatches in a box under the counter, which included the colour for '4343/R'. This was sent to ICI for reformulation and the colour is now recorded on their system for posterity.

    The painting of the car took over a month to complete and was undertaken by a good friend of the vendor, whose expertise also included, among other things, welding and rebuilding the engine but more critically overseeing the technical aspects of the entire restoration. Work undertaken included the overhaul of the engine; rear axle (twice); fitting a stainless exhaust; repair and restoration of the seats and headlining; re-plating of all brightwork including the engine's; and powder coating most of the suspension and replacement springs and dampers. The Motorola radio was replaced with a more modern Blaupunkt unit following a complaint from the owner's youngest daughter (six years old at the time) that the Motorola only played old music!

    Following restoration, one of the Aston's first trips was to an open day at the Autoglym factory in Hatfield. On the way back down the A1 a Ferrari was overtaken, the owner's daughter waving to its driver with an appropriate smile, only for the Aston to expire two minutes later, the smiling Ferrari driver waving as he passed by. It was discovered that the engine failure had been caused by carburettors incorrectly set when the car was sent away for specialist tuning. It was at this point that the engine was sent to Oselli for rebuilding and enlargement to 4.2 litres, the cylinder head being converted to unleaded compatibility at the same time. Other work undertaken includes fitting electronic ignition, an additional Kenlowe electric radiator cooling fan, a Tracker device and a new set of MWS wire wheels.

    During the vendor's 27-year ownership 'FPE 30J' has covered some 13,000 miles. Correctly refinished in Azure Blue with matching leather interior, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with its original bill of sale, old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct registration for this vehicle is FPE230J
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