1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585

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Lot 322
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible
Registration no. XEH 300M Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585

Sold for £ 287,500 (US$ 352,952) inc. premium
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible
Registration no. XEH 300M
Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R
Engine no. 400/4585

Footnotes

  • Considered by many to be the last ‘real’ Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965, up-dating the DB5. Although Royal patronage of the marque undoubtedly helped DB6 sales, the car arrived at a difficult time for Aston Martin, with the home economy in a parlous state and the US market subject to ever more restrictive legislation. Restyled on a longer-wheelbase, the DB6 abandoned the traditional Superleggera body structure in favour of a conventional steel fabrication, the most obvious external difference being the Kamm-style tail which greatly enhanced high speed stability. The Aston six had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged, producing 282bhp in standard tune. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. The Mk2 version, introduced in 1969, was readily distinguishable by its flared wheelarches and DBS wheels and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection.
    As production of the new DB6 got underway towards the end of 1965, an initial batch of convertible models, newly dubbed ‘Volante’, was commenced on the shorter chassis of the outgoing DB5. This stylish and luxurious ‘soft top’ offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, aircraft-like instrument cluster and electrically operated hood. After 37 Volante convertibles had been completed on the DB5 short-wheelbase chassis, the model adopted the longer DB6 chassis in October 1966. Total production of the long-wheelbase DB6 Volante amounted to 140 Mk1s and only 38 Mk2s, making the latter one of the rarest of Aston Martin convertibles.
    Right-hand drive chassis number ‘3778’ was sold new to Sir John ‘Jake’ Saunders, Chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation. The current owner purchased the car from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd circa 1973 while it was back in this country for minor cosmetic attention, and has cherished it ever since, maintaining it in wonderful condition. Ordered with automatic transmission, like the majority of DB6 Mk2 Volantes, ‘3778’ was fitted in the 1980s with the enthusiast-preferred ZF five-speed manual gearbox, which has recently been rebuilt by marque specialists, Chris Shenton Engineering (the original gearbox is included in the sale). The car is described as in generally very good condition, the engine in particular being smooth and free running while displaying regulation oil pressure. Finished in silver with black leather interior, the latter in excellent condition, ‘3778’ is offered with sundry service/maintenance invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document. A wonderful opportunity to acquire an unmolested, two-owner example of one of the rarest and most desirable of all David Brown Astons.
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DBMk2/VC3778/R Engine no. 400/4585
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