1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R
Lot 333
1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification
Sold for £359,900 (US$ 452,044) inc. premium

Lot Details
1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification  Chassis no. DB6/3307/R
1967 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon to Vantage specification
Registration no. KSG 510F
Chassis no. DB6/3307/R
*Matching chassis, engine, and registration numbers
*ZF five-speed gearbox
*Vantage, 'unleaded', and 4.2 litres upgrades
*Extensively refurbished and maintained by marque specialists
*Windsor Castle and Hurlingham Club concours invitee

Footnotes

  • Please note that the DB6 was uprated to Vantage Specification during restoration. It has since been fitted with SU carburettors, the Webbers are not with the car.
    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 had been introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the elegant, Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Carrozzeria Touring-developed 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 re-style 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 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, complete with triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.

    Autocar magazine found much to commend in the DB6 Vantage, remaking on the car's much improved handling, outstanding adhesion, and exceptionally good braking figures. A mean maximum speed of 148mph was achieved, while the standing quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds was the fastest the magazine had recorded for a four-seater. At 120mph the Aston was as effortlessly relaxed as other powerful cars at 80. 'For high-speed open-road touring this Vantage DB6 is practically ideal,' enthused Autocar's scribe, and few would disagree.

    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 sports saloon, chassis number '3307/R', was sold in September 1967 to its first owner, Concrete (Scotland) Limited of Falkirk, and registered as 'KSG 510F'. It is understood that the car was first registered to one Tom Turk, who kept it until 1980. The accompanying copy guarantee form records that the DB6 was originally finished in Pacific Blue (as it is today) with dark blue Connolly interior trim. Items of non-standard equipment fitted included a heated rear screen, chrome road wheels, power operated aerial, 3-ear hubcaps, front safety belts, and a Bray immersion heater for the cylinder block.

    Around 1980, the Aston sold to RAC member, Eric Thelwell, who kept it until June 1997 when he sold it to the immediately preceding owner, Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson of London W1. In 1998, an extensive 'bare metal' restoration was undertaken by marque specialists Goldsmith & Young including upgrading the engine to 'unleaded' Vantage specification and 4.2 litres capacity using Cosworth pistons. This refurbishment also included an interior re-trim, rewired electrics, etc (details on file). Since then the car has been maintained by Trinity Engineering of Cobham, Surrey. There are bills on file from the latter for a service in June 2005 (£2,500), overhaul of suspension and brakes in October 2013 (£5,000), and an engine top-end rebuild in June 2014 (£8,000). Additional bills from Trinity Engineering total over £30,000, and there are expired MoTs on file dating back to 1994. The car is currently MoT'd and has a V5C registration document.

    In September 2012, this splendid DB6 was selected for the RAC's day at the Concours d'Élégance at Windsor Castle, held as part of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the following June was displayed at the Hurlingham Club Concours. Most appropriately, 'KSG 510F' was entered in Hurlingham's 'La Dolce Vita' class, and there can be no more stylish way to enjoy the Italian Riviera or France's Côte d'Azur than at the wheel of this wonderful Aston Martin.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the DB6 was uprated to Vantage Specification during restoration. It has since been fitted with SU carburettors, the Webbers are not with the car.
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