1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450

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Lot 142
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible
Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450

€ 325,000 - 375,000
US$ 350,000 - 400,000
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible
Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R
Engine no. 400/4450
L’un des 38 exemplaires

En 1958, Aston Martin lance sa DB4, première d'une lignée qui va culminer avec la DB6, construite de 1965 à 1969. Un facteur clé dans le succès de la famille DB4 à DB6 réside dans la décision du directeur général de la société, John Wyer, de confier le dessin de la voiture à un carrossier italien plutôt qu'à l'usine. Le contrat sera superbement rempli par Touring, à Milan. Le châssis-plateforme est l'œuvre de Harold Beach, ingénieur en chef d'Aston Martin, alors que la conception du nouveau moteur double arbre à cames en tête revient à son collègue, Tadek Marek, qui en a testé lui-même les qualités au volant de la DBR2 avant ses débuts en série sur la DB4. Avec l'arrivée en 1963 de la DB5, la cylindrée du moteur passe de 3,7 litres à 4 litres par augmentation de l'alésage de 92 à 96 mm, et c'est ce même moteur qui va équiper les DB6 en 1966. Alimenté par trois carburateurs SU, il délivre une puissance de 282 ch, alors que la version Vantage se targue de 325 ch grâce notamment à trois carburateurs Weber. Une boîte de vitesses automatique Borg-Warner est disponible parallèlement à la boîte ZF cinq rapports standard et, pour la première fois, une assistance de direction est proposée en option.
La DB6 se différencie de ses devancières principalement par un châssis à empattement plus long. Cette disposition permet d'offrir plus d'espace aux passagers arrière. Ainsi, la DB6 est plus adaptée aux pères de famille, ce qui va l'aider à se vendre mieux que les modèles antérieurs. La carrosserie se caractérise par une ligne de toit un peu plus haute et un becquet arrière aérodynamique type "Kamm".
Lancé en même temps que le coupé, le cabriolet DB6 Volante marque la première fois que ce qualificatif évocateur est adopté sur une découvrable Aston Martin. L'élégante Volante offre quatre places et son équipement généreux comporte sellerie cuir, moquettes profondes et capote électrique. Après la fabrication de trente-sept Volante sur le châssis DB5 à empattement court, le cabriolet adopte le châssis DB6 en 1966 et est exposé pour la première fois dans cette forme au London Motor Show, au mois d'octobre.
En été 1969, la DB6 Mk2 est annoncée en versions coupé et cabriolet. Identifiable à ses passages de roues renflés et ses roues de DBS, la DB6 Mk2 est équipée en série d'une direction assistée et peut être commandée avec une alimentation par injection électronique AE Brico. Lors de l'arrêt de la production des DB6 en 1970, un total de 1 575 coupés a été réalisé, plus 178 cabriolets Volante sur châssis long.
Sortie d'usine en avril 1970 et l'une des rares trente-huit DB6 Mk2 Volante, ce magnifique exemplaire conduite à droite a été vendu neuf à E. Christian & Co Ltd, à Londres, et immatriculé "17 HRH". En février 1977, la voiture est vendue par "Roberta of Golders Green" à SSC, de Highgate, au nord de Londres. A cette époque, l'immatriculation est "VKM 449H". Le 3 octobre 1985, la DB6 est cédée par Silvertune (Barry Silver Ltd, 32 Queens Gate Mews, Londres) à l'actuel propriétaire. Il s'agit donc d'une quatrième main. En superbe état tant mécanique que carrosserie, la voiture a conservé sa teinte et son intérieur d'origine. Le dossier comporte de nombreuses factures d'entretien des années 1980 des spécialistes de la marque Ian Mason et Goldsmith & Young, ainsi que des notes plus récentes de Gipimotor (2007) et Carrosserie Piemontaise (2008), deux ateliers bruxellois, totalisant de plus de 31 000 €.

One of only 38 examples produced

In 1958 Aston Martin introduced its DB4 model, the first of a line which culminated in the DB6 built between 1965 and 1969. A key factor in the success of the DB6’s DB4 progenitor was general manager John Wyer's decision that the new car be styled in Italy, rather than by the works, and the commission was superbly executed by Touring of Milan. The platform chassis was the work of Aston Martin's chief engineer Harold Beach, while the new twin overhead camshaft engine had been conceived by his colleague, Tadek Marek, and race tested in the DBR2 before its production debut in the DB4. With the arrival of the DB5 in 1963, engine capacity was upped, by enlarging the bore from 92 to 96mm, from 3.7 to 4.0 litres and this power unit was carried over to the DB6 for 1966. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification on triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time power-assisted steering was an option.
The DB6 differed principally from its immediate predecessor by having a longer wheelbase. This meant more room for rear passengers, making the DB6 more of a family man's car and helping it sell better than the earlier models in the series. The bodywork was distinctive, with a slightly higher roofline than the DB4 and DB5, and featured an aerodynamically efficient abbreviated ‘Kamm’ tail.
Introduced at the same time as the saloon, the DB6 Volante convertible marked the first occasion that this evocative name had been applied to a soft-top Aston Martin. The stylish Volante offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets and an electrically operated hood. After 37 Volantes had been completed on the shorter-wheelbase chassis of the outgoing DB5, the convertible model adopted the DB6 chassis in 1966 and was first displayed in this form at that year’s London Motor Show in October.
In the summer of 1969 the Mark 2 DB6 was announced in saloon and convertible versions. Distinguishable by its flared wheelarches and DBS wheels, the DB6 Mark 2 came with power-assisted steering as standard and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection. When DB6 production ceased in 1970, a total of 1,575 saloons had been made, plus 178 of the long-wheelbase Volante convertibles.
Manufactured in April 1970 and one of only 38 DB6 Mk2 Volantes made, this beautiful right-hand drive example was sold new to E. Christian & Co Ltd of London SE1 and originally registered ‘17 HRH’. In February 1977 the car was sold by ‘Roberta of Golders Green’ to SSC of Highgate, North London, by which time it had been reregistered ‘VKM 449H’. On 3rd October 1985 the DB6 was sold by Silvertune (Barry Silver Ltd, 32 Queens Gate Mews, London) to the current (fourth) private owner. The car retains its original factory colour scheme and interior, and is presented in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition. There are numerous servicing/maintenance invoices on file from marque specialists Ian Mason and Goldsmith & Young’ dating from the 1980s, while more recent bills issued by Gipimotor (2007) and Carrosserie Piemontaise (2008), both of Brussels, total more than €31,000.
Offered with the aforementioned documentation, this beautiful DB6 Vantage Volante represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most exclusive and highly sought after of post-war Aston Martins possessing continuous history
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. DB6MK2/VC/3761/R Engine no. 400/4450
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