Original left hand drive, manual five speed transmission,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB6/2743/LN Engine no. 400/2730/V
Lot 62
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2743/LN Engine no. 400/2730/V
Sold for €350,750 (US$ 465,340) inc. premium
Lot Details
Original left hand drive, manual five speed transmission
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2743/LN
Engine no. 400/2730/V
'The object of the changes creating the DB6 has been to make room for adults in the two occasional back seats, but at the same time the opportunity has also been taken to make a number of detail improvements to the rest of the car...' - The Autocar, 1965.

Unveiled at Earl's Court in October 1965 during the London Motor Show, the distinctively styled Aston Martin DB6 featured a completely redesigned tail treatment with top-lip spoiler intended to counteract aerodynamic lift and reduce drag. Compared to the preceding DB4 and DB5-series cars, the longer-wheelbase DB6 gives the distinct visual impression of being a considerably more substantial motor car, but this impression is deceptive as it weighs only 17lbs more than the DB5 - a modest penalty to pay for the considerable convenience of increased legroom and head¬room in both front and rear seats.

The 4.0-litre DOHC engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburettor form but the Vantage specification with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a thumping 325bhp, 11 horsepower more than in the DB5. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, as was the option of Borg Warner automatic transmission, while 'Selectaride' driver-adjustable damping was standard equipment. The DB6 in Vantage trim could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds, 0-100 in 14.9 and attain a top speed of 152mph making it one of the fastest cars in the world (Autosport figures). Saloon production totalled 1,327 units, including seven shooting brake conversions by Harold Radford.
Equipped with the desirable five-speed manual gearbox, chassis number '2743/LN' was sold new via Aston Martin's US importer J S Inskip to its first owner Mr Malcom Starr of New York City, USA. A copy of the original guarantee form on file lists various items of non-standard equipment including the 3.73:1 ratio limited-slip differential; Normalair air conditioning; chrome wheels; 3-ear hubcaps; heated rear screen; Fiamm horns; Britax seat belts; Bosch Koln radio and Marchal fog lamps. The original colour scheme is listed a Mink with dark blue Connolly interior trim, the same as it is today.

The current owner purchased the Aston in the USA in 1995 and imported it into the Netherlands (EU duties have been paid and the purchase and freight invoices are available). A condition report, compiled in 1995, describes the DB6 as very sound. The Aston was partially restored after acquisition, including a full re-spray, and the engine completely overhauled by marque specialists Zwakman Motors, since when only some 3,000 miles have been covered. The current odometer reading is a believed genuine 73,000 miles (approximately 117,500 kilometres). To comply with Netherlands insurance requirements a basic alarm system has been installed (certificate on file) and the electrics converted to negative earth. The fuel pump was replaced recently and the car is described as in running order, although as it has been standing unused since 2004 some further re-commissioning may be required. A DB6 workshop manual, instruction book, parts catalogue, box of spares and its original jack come with the car. Accompanying history consists of the aforementioned documentation; assorted correspondence with Aston Service Dorset, Zwakman Motors and the AMOC; old US title deed; Netherlands registration papers; and numerous invoices for parts supplied and work carried out.

La voiture portant le numéro de châssis 2743/LN a été vendue neuve par l'importateur Aston Martin américain J.S. Inskip à son premier propriétaire M. Malcolm Starr de New York et est équipée de la boîte manuelle à 5 rapports très recherchée. Une copie du formulaire de garantie originale au dossier mentionne plusieurs équipements hors série, notamment un rapport de pont à glissement limité de 3, 73 :1, un système d'air conditionné Normalair, des roues chromées, des écrous de moyeu à trois branches, une lunette arrière chauffante, un klaxon Fiamm, des ceintures Britax, une radio Bosch Koln et des antibrouillard Marchal. La couleur original baptisée Mink (vison) avec cuir bleu foncé est la même qu'aujourd'hui.

Le propriétaire actuel a acheté l'Aston Martin aux États-Unis en 1995 et l'a importée en Hollande (les droits de douane européens ont été acquittés et les facture de transports sont fournies). Un rapport sur son état établi en 1995 décrit la voiture comme en bon état. Elle a été partiellement restaurée après son achat, avec une peinture complète et une révision complète du moteur par le spécialiste de la marque Zwakman Motors, depuis laquelle seulement 4 800 km ont été couverts. Le compteur affiche 73 000 miles (environ 117 500 km) que l'on pense être d'origine. Pour se conformer aux exigence des assurances hollandaises, un système d'alarme a été installé (certificat au dossier) et le système électrique converti à la masse. La pompe à essence a été remplacée récemment et la voiture est décrite comme étant en état de marche, bien qu'elle n'ait pas été utilisée depuis 2004, et puisse nécessiter quelques petites mises au point. Un manuel d'entretien de DB6, un livret d'instructions, un catalogue de pièces détachées, une boîte de pièces de rechange et son cric original sont vendus avec la voiture. L'historique comprend les pièces mentionnées plus haut, un ensemble de lettres échangées avec Aston Service Dorset, Zwakman Motors et l'Aston Martin Owners' Club, un ancien titre américain, les papiers d'immatriculation hollandais et de nombreuses factures de pièces fournies pour les travaux effectués.
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