1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R

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Lot 279
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

Sold for £ 175,100 (US$ 236,598) inc. premium
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. NYB 939E
Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
*Last of the original 'DB' Aston Martins
*Four-speed ZF automatic transmission
*Power steering
*Extensively restored in the mid-1990s

Footnotes

  • '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 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.

    This DB6 was first registered in August 1966 as '7 LPX' and was originally owned by a Mr A B Davies. Two subsequent owners are listed on the accompanying copy guarantee form, which records the original colour scheme as Oystershell with red interior trim. Items of non-standard equipment listed are as follows: Borg Warner automatic transmission; chrome wheels; heated rear screen; 3-ear hubcaps; and a power operated aerial.

    During the 1970s, the Aston was exported to the USA. No history of the car in the USA has been found apart from an AMOC plaque on the glove compartment lid indicating ownership by a 'Bud Lee', and plates indicating that the last US owner was a Mr Douglas E Garret in Oregon in 1989. These plates remain with the car.

    By then in a rather neglected state, the Aston was re-imported into the UK by Marksdanes Classic Cars, and sold on to R P and D Walton, who stored the car until 1995 before commencing a comprehensive restoration. The latter involved replacing of body sills and a stripping the suspension, braking, and steering systems using numerous new parts, including stainless steel brake pipes. A stainless steel exhaust system was fitted also. The exterior was re-sprayed and a full re-trim of the interior carried out. Restoration bills are on file.

    In 1996, the DB6 was sold to its current owner, now re-registered as 'NYB 939E' as it was believed at that time that the car was built in 1967. The indicated mileage at this time was 61,845. For a time the Aston was registered as '9177 BT' but has now reverted to the previous registration.

    The car has been regularly maintained during the current ownership, and in 2005 a complete engine rebuild to 4.2-litre unleaded specification was carried out by marque specialists Chris Shenton Engineering, including lightweight pistons and some gas flowing. In December 2006, the original Borg Warner three-speed automatic gearbox was replaced with a ZF four-speed 'box by Graham Whitehouse Autos, which also involved overhauling the rear axle overhaul and replacing the prop shaft, bell housing, and gearbox oil cooler. Invoices for the engine and gearbox work are on file.

    During the current ownership, various components have been replaced including brake servos, fuel pump, exhaust manifold, headlamps, battery and battery master switch, and the distributor cap, while the contact breaker ignition system has been replaced with an Aldon Ignitor electronic set-up. In addition, the front discs have been skimmed and a set of four chrome/stainless steel wire wheels fitted (the original set of powder-coated wire wheels with nearly new tyres comes with the car).

    We are advised by the private vendor that the general condition of the bodywork is very good, although as it is 19 years since the car was repainted there are some paint blemishes and stone chips, and some of the chrome plating shows its age. Although overhauled in 2011, the tachometer is currently unserviceable, and the passenger door electric window is weak. There is no interior light in the boot.

    Offered with MoT to October 2017 and a V5C Registration Certificate, this previously restored and sensibly upgraded DB6 should require relatively little 'TLC' to bring it back to the peak of perfection.
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1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/2726/R
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