Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R
Lot 537
Property of a deceased's estate
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project
Sold for £152,700 (US$ 200,942) inc. premium

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Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R Property of a deceased's estate,1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. DB6/3149/R
Property of a deceased's estate
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon Project
Registration no. RPH190F
Chassis no. DB6/3149/R
*Last of the original 'DB' Aston Martins
*Automatic transmission
*Present ownership since 1985
*Offered for restoration

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's accompanying copy guarantee form shows that it was originally finished in Oystershell with red Connolly interior trim, and left the Newport Pagnell factory equipped with Borg Warner automatic transmission, power steering, chrome road wheels, heated rear screen, 3-ear hubcaps, power aerial, and lap/diagonal seat belts. Delivered via HWM, the Aston was first owned by Mr E W Borer of Esher, Surrey.

    Its late owner purchased the DB6 in 1985 from previous owner Nicholas John Chadd of Banstead, Surrey. More recently, he removed the engine from the car and commenced rebuilding it and detailing the engine bay; much of the work on the latter has been completed, but the engine remains out of the car. Some idea of the works envisaged may be gained from an invoice on file from Classic Astons for various parts for the engine, brakes, cooling system, etc. The accompanying file contains a DB6 instruction book, (copy) DB6 workshop manual, (copy) DB6 parts catalogue, a V5 document and the aforementioned copy guarantee form. It should be noted that the chassis number is incorrectly recorded as '5149' on the V5 rather than '3149'.
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