Lot 286 - 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk. I
|Odometer reading||85,947 miles|
|Estimate||£160,000 - £185,000|
|Result||Sold - £170,240|
The DB6 was launched at the London Motor Show in 1965, following on from the highly successful DB5 immortalised by the 1964 James Bond film 'Goldfinger'. The front end of the DB6 was visually similar to the DB5 but closer inspection revealed quite a different car. The wheelbase was lengthened allowing additional passenger space in the rear along with a raised roof line. The profile of the rear quarter lights echoed those of the DB4GT Zagato, a styling theme that continued through to the DBS and V8 models until production finished in 1990. Both front and rear bumpers were split into two pieces and the rear of the car was re-styled with a Kamm tail which helped reduce aerodynamic drag and gave the car more stability at speed. The engine remained the same as the DB5 unit, a 3995cc twin overhead cam, straight six with triple SU carburettors producing a claimed 282bhp.
This righthand drive automatic DB6 Mk. I coupé is finished in Silver Birch coachwork with a deep red leather interior and fitted with a full length Webasto sunroof, together with power assisted steering. The car was the subject of a partial restoration in 2001 when the engine was rebuilt and converted to run on unleaded fuel by hugely respected engineer, John Etheridge. At the same time, the car was sent to Car Care Works where the body was repaired including the replacement of the sills and a repaint in Silver Birch, supporting invoices for which are in the history file. NAN 507D is fitted with inertia reel seat-belts and is described by the vendor as being both easy and delightful to drive. Supplied with a V5 registration document, together with a full year's MoT test certificate, she sits proudly on chrome wire wheels, the gleaming coachwork in excellent order and the interior offers a splendid patina combining to make this a delightful example. As ever, the secret to this car's success lays in the Aston Martin tradition of a sublime design with no extraneous embellishment.
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