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Autumn Motoring Online / 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon Chassis no. DB6/2812/LN Engine no. 400/2803
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"Stage by stage, as the DB has become dominant in the Aston Martin strain, the successive cars have changed their image. Today the aim is to offer the maximum of luxury and refinement as well as the ultimate in road performance. The minor barbarities of so many great sports cars of the past are no longer acceptable – at least in the hand built models now leaving Newport Pagnell. Obviously such a car as the DB6 is expensive and exclusive but the value matches the price." – Autocar, 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 had been introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the 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 3¾" 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.
Finished in the classic colour combination of Silver Birch with black Connolly leather interior, left-hand drive chassis number '2812/LN' was delivered new to British Motor Car Distributors in the USA. The accompanying guarantee form copy lists the following items of non-standard equipment:
Borg Warner automatic transmission; 3.54:1 limited-slip differential; Engine breather scheme; Chrome wheels; Heated rear screen; Fiamm horns; Safety belts; 3 ear hubcaps; Power operated aerial; Radio housing
The AMOC Register records that '2812/LN' was owned in the 1980s by one R A Karlson of Santa Barbara, California and that the DB6 came 1st in the Santa Barbara Concours in 1985. The current vendor purchased the DB6 from Classics Gallery of Brussels, Belgium in April 2006. The purchase invoice is on file and the car also comes with an instruction book; sundry invoices; customs documents; a letter from a previous owner; and old original Swiss registration papers.
Please note this motor car is subject to import tax if remaining in the EU and, as it has been on static display for a number of years, will require recommissioning for road use.