1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Saloon to Vantage Specification  Chassis no. DB6/4026/R

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Lot 511
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Saloon to Vantage Specification
Registration no. WMU 14G Chassis no. DB6/4026/R

Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 24,985) inc. premium
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Saloon to Vantage Specification
Registration no. WMU 14G
Chassis no. DB6/4026/R
The culmination of Aston-Martin's long-running line of 'DB' six-cylinder sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. 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. The wheelbase was now 4" longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and re-shaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a re-appearance, but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. 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."
Acquired by its late owner in October 2002, this DB6 Mk1 equipped with the five-speed manual transmission was converted to Vantage specification c.1980. Handsomely finished in black with tan leather interior featuring re-upholstered front seats (1998), the car is described as in good overall condition and is offered with MoT to October 2003 and Swansea V5 registration document.

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  • It has been noticed that on start up the oil pressure appears low.
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