<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V

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Lot 86

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake
Coachwork by Harold Radford

US$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000
£ 760,000 - 920,000
Amended

Quail Motorcar Auction

14 Aug 2020, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

From the Estate of David L. Van Schaick
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake
Coachwork by Harold Radford

Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC
Engine no. 400/2792/V

3,995cc DOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber Carburetors
325bhp at 5,500 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

* One of only 6 Radford DB6 Shooting Brakes built
* Top of the line specifications and left-hand drive from new
* Original USA Delivery
* In the present ownership since 1976
* Factory air-conditioning


Previewing in Bedford Hills, New York by appointment. Please contact [email protected] for scheduling.


THE ASTON MARTIN DB6

"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.

As one might imagine, Autocar found much to commend in the DB6 Vantage, remaking on the car's much improved handling, outstanding adhesion and exceptionally good braking figures. A mean maximum speed of 148mph was achieved, while the standing quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds was the fastest the magazine had recorded for a four-seater. At 120mph the Aston was as effortlessly relaxed as other powerful cars at 80mph. "For high-speed open-road touring this Vantage DB6 is practically ideal," enthused Autocar's scribe, and few would disagree.

The 4.0-liter DOHC engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburetor form but the Vantage specification unit with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a mighty 325bhp. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, but many opted for the Borg Warner Automatic. 'Selectaride' driver-adjustable damping was standard, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering available.

The Shooting Brakes

The Shooting Brake, or its modern idiom 'station wagon' had its origins in the early days of the carriage building industry, a 'Brake' was originally used for drafting horses. Of course, with the arrival of the motor car, many of these styles were converted to horseless carriages, and self-propelled vehicles were perfect for the hunting car, or 'Shooting Brake'. Unquestionably, by the nature of their commodious as well as practical space, and the nature of their use they were always considered to be sociable vehicles and associated with enjoyment. It isn't surprising therefore that long after the reality of a car which could accommodate 10 people, guns etc. that people still desired to have a more practical and sociable style of car, in the U.S. the 'Woodie Wagon', or 'Town and Country' was its successor. As coachwork became firstly more aerodynamic and secondly, more uniform, the game turned to designing an extended body that looked like a natural extension of the original pure design of the sedan from which it originated.

In the U.K. coachbuilders Harold Radford & Co. who were not one of the established 19th Century houses, but moreover was formulated in the late 1940s, quickly became the go to house for tailored Country orientated vehicle conversions. A number of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars received the 'Countryman' treatment, while the Radford company was also known for luxury styling upgrades to Minis also. They were the natural choice for purchasers of that other esteemed British sportscar brand, Aston Martin, when they wished to have a little more room to play with.

Using the British terminology of 'Shooting Brake', there were a dozen DB5s converted by Radford to this specification, eight as right hand drive and four as left. On its successor, the DB6, the Shooting Brake was even more exclusive, six being completed by Radford and a further two by FLM Panelcraft, when gauged against production figures in excess of 1,300, this makes even Volantes seem common.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This extremely rare Aston Martin was commissioned new for Middleton George Charles "Middy" Train, of Washington D.C. Professionally, Mr. Train worked within his family's real estate business, but he had studied at and remained a lifelong supporter of Princeton University even maintaining his own private office as a regional assistance for fund raising and alumni contacts. On his death, a Princeton Alumni Weekly Memorial states that his two hobbies were duck hunting and golf. For someone with such passions, a more commodious Aston Martin was probably just what he needed!

In making the order for the car with Aston Martin Inc., it seems that almost every possible option was requested. As confirmed by its factory records, the car was built as new as a Shooting Brake, with its distinctive 'SB' chassis number, it received the increased performance of the Vantage engine, the matching numbers unit which it still retains, together with 3.54:1 limited slip differential and Bord Warner automatic transmission. The interior was trimmed in Connolly's finest blue grey leather, and equipped with detachable head rests to both seats, as well as seat belts, a Bosch Koln radio with power aerial and no doubt to compensate for the hot D.C. summers, Coolaire air conditioning was fitted to the center console. Typically for the period, the novelty of a Webasto sun roof was added, for those days when you want the heating on and a cool breeze too, and in addition, just in case more space was needed, perhaps on a particularly successful duck hunting day, there was even a luggage rack on the roof!

The Shooting Brake was painted black and then briefly registered for the road in the UK, presumably so that it could be road tested, before being guaranteed on October 29, 1966 for a year. The finished article represents an snapshot of the Swinging Sixties in its every detail, when British Cars were all the rage, E Types, Minis, Astons and celebrities such as the Beatles did things like having their Minis customized or de-seamed. It's not too difficult to imagine Peter Sellers or Michael Caine in character driving down Carnaby Street, or showing up at a Polo match in a car just this! For "Middy" the visual is conjured more along lines of a heavily laden 'Brake screaming home laden with the day's haul on the roof and shot guns, maybe even golf clubs too, in the back.
On the Works records servicing is charted for the mere year in which it was guaranteed, with modest work carried out. It is not known how long Mr. Middleton kept the car, but we can judge from its current condition that it was looked after, since it appears to retain its entire leather upholstery which for its more than 50 years age has worn well.

There most likely could not have been a better custodian to follow in his footsteps than David L. Van Schaick, whose home was adjacent to the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, PA. David acquired the DB6 on October 6, 1976.

Throughout his ownership it was prized and used sporadically, to this day the odometer reading sits below 50,000 which could well be original miles. Since his passing the car has been checked over and looked after by Michael Pechstein at Vintage Motorsports Inc. of Malvern. The Aston's condition can best be described as reflecting its age and sympathetic ownership, there are the rudimentary chips and paint losses to the bodywork at the more used areas, the interior is a little dried but almost entirely original and in remarkably good order for its age, and Vintage Motorsports reported that beneath the car its structure is surprising good.

On a recent test drive the car was found to be running well, and was an absolute magnet for people of all ages, from the cognoscenti to the 'innocenti' the phrase 'that's cool' being the most common way to describe it, we couldn't put it better ourselves!

There probably is no better statement of the relevance of these cars than the fact that Aston revived the concept in recent years, with their partnership with Zagato on a series of Vanquishes. On all sides, this is an extremely important and special Aston Martin, being offered for the first time publicly ever and from the Estate of a true connoisseur of the marque and of great cars, David L. Van Schaick.

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  • Please note that the transmission is a 3-speed automatic, which is how the car was delivered new.
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<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
<b>1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake</b><br />  Chassis no. DB6/SB/2272/LC <br />Engine no. 400/2792/V
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