1968 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon Registration no. PEU 271F Chassis no. DB6/3292/R Engine no. 400/3365
'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.
The culmination of Aston Martin's long-running line of 'DB' six-cylinder sports saloons, and thus considered by many to be the last 'real' Aston, the DB6 was introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminium outer panels. Increased rear-seat space was the prime DB6 objective so 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. These many dimensional changes were integrated most successfully, the DB6's overall length increasing by only 2". Indeed, but for the distinctive Kamm tail one might easily mistake it for a DB5.
'The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,' revealed Motor magazine, concluding 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 though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.'
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 gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. It is an irony that, having brought the original DB4 concept to perfection in the form of the DB6, Aston Martin chose to change direction with the larger DBS and successor V8-engined models. Today the accomplished DB6, despite being the most evolved and practical of the original DB family is also, somewhat paradoxically, the most affordable.
This manual transmission DB6 was first registered in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1968 with the registration 'PEU 271F' and has had seven owners in this country. The last owner was Mr Michael Adam Kaye, who purchased it on 28th August 2008 from marque specialists Runnymede Motor Company. In 2006/2007, Runnymede had undertaken a major overhaul of the Aston including a bare metal restoration, new leather interior and a complete engine rebuild to 4.2 litres specification, after which the odometer mileage was reset to zero. Since completion the car has covered only 2,784 miles. There are numerous invoices on file to Runnymede for spare parts and work subcontracted to other specialists. The current vendor purchased the DB6 through Runnymede on 14th February 2013. Stored in a Carcoon for maximum protection, it remains in generally excellent driveable condition, the engine registering correct oil pressure and, equally importantly, never overheating in traffic. Finished in Silver Birch with black leather interior, 'PEU 271F' is offered with the aforementioned bills, current MoT and Swansea V5 document.