In current ownership for over 40 years,1966  Aston Martin  DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2534/R Engine no. 400/2515/V
Lot 312
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon
Registration no. MRK 123D Chassis no. DB6/2534/R Engine no. 400/2515/V
Sold for £197,500 (US$ 328,221) inc. premium
Lot Details
In current ownership for over 40 years
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon
Registration no. MRK 123D
Chassis no. DB6/2534/R
Engine no. 400/2515/V

Footnotes

  • 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.
    Motor clearly appreciated the power and poise of their test Vantage: 'In an effortless way that few other cars can match, the DB6 makes an overall speed limit of 70mph look quite ridiculous. At its maximum speed of more than twice this, it is reassuringly stable, probably more so than many cars struggling to maintain their 70mph convoy speed. If you need to stop from high speed the brakes are outstandingly powerful, a point which really needs remembering if there is a less well endowed vehicle behind; and the handling in both wet and dry conditions is superior to all but a couple of the production two-seater sports cars we have tested.'

    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 DB6 Vantage was purchased privately from the previous owner in London in 1973 and thus has been in the current vendor's hands for over 40 years. Bare-metal re-sprayed in the early 1990s by ace 'chassis man' Barry Woods (photographs on file), the car has been off the road for the last ten years and will require mechanical re-commissioning prior to further use. Only five miles have been covered since the last MoT certificate was issued in 1998, the current odometer reading being 427 miles (100,427 miles in actual fact). Finished in Silver Birch with black leather interior, the car is offered with V5 registration document, a quantity of expired MoTs and sundry restoration invoices from Post Vintage Engineers dating back to the 1990s, totalling some £13,000.
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