Lot 276 - 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage
|Odometer reading||7,400 miles|
|Estimate||£250,000 - £290,000|
The DB6 was launched at the London Motor Show in 1965, following on from the highly successful DB5, immortalized 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. The Vantage version as offered here produced a claimed 325bhp utilizing triple Weber carburettors.
Delivered new to Ralph Davis Ltd. of 36 Hatfield Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire on the 9th January 1967 through H.R Owen; the copy of the build sheets that accompany the car show that 2866/R is a rare Vantage example fitted with engine #400/2853V and originally finished in Silver Birch. The documents also show chrome wire wheels, heated rear screen, 3 ear hub caps and power operated aerial were fitted from new. The owner clearly enjoyed his new Aston as records show service work was carried out throughout 1967 with 500 miles recorded in February; the 1,000 mile service completed a month later in March and a 5,000 mile service in August! At some point later in its life the car headed to the dry and warmer climes of Australia and has recently been imported back to the UK.
The engine benefits from breathing through new Weber carburettors and recent service bills totalling £4,000 accompany the file with the owner informing us that the car drives well. Also supplied in the file is a V5 document and MoT test certificate with no advisories valid until 19th November 2016.This DB6 Vantage is a rare car indeed, with only 268 right hand drive examples built, this car would make an impressive addition to any collection and would be welcome at the most prestigious classic car events around the world.