1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R
Lot 85
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon
Registration no. NYP 357E Chassis no. DB6/3073/R
Sold for £ 186,300 (US$ 236,912) inc. premium

Lot Details
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB6/3073/R
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon
Registration no. NYP 357E
Chassis no. DB6/3073/R
Last of the original 'DB' Aston Martins
• Manual transmission
• Present ownership since 1997
• Little used since acquisition

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 expe
    nsive 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 tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,' revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested. 'The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.'

    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 manual gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.

    This example is fitted with the more desirable ZF manual gearbox and is finished in Silver Birch with dark blue leather interior. Aston Martin chassis records show that '3073' was specified with most of the options available, including power steering, chrome wire wheels, three-ear hub caps, heated rear screen, Coolair air conditioning (currently inoperative), Motorola radio, power aerial, headrests, and a limited-slip differential. The immediately preceding owner, an AMOC member, acquired the car in 1991 and covered approximately 10,000 miles in it, including three Norwich Union runs. The sills were replaced in 1990 and considerable engine, gearbox, and cosmetic work carried out at the same time, while an engine top-end overhaul was completed in February 1996.

    The current owner purchased the DB6 at Brooks' Olympia Sale in September 1997 (Lot 31), since when it has been kept garaged, seeing little use. While in the present ownership the Aston has further benefited from overhauled rear shock absorbers (Selectaride disconnected) while more recently the brakes were overhauled and the brake hoses replaced.

    Last-of-the-line models are always sought after by discerning collectors and few are more highly prized that the final flowering of the glorious 'David Brown' six-cylinder series, the DB6, considered by many to the last of the 'real' Aston Martins.
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