Lot 181 - 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Mk. I Restoration
|Odometer reading||2,028 miles|
|Result||Sold - £147,840|
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 Tadek Marek-designed DB5 unit, a 3,995cc twin overhead cam, straight six with triple SU carburettors producing a claimed 282bhp. 'If you want a truly British driver's car, the ultimate development of a continuous line of thoroughbreds from the Vintage era to the present day, there is nothing in quite the same field as the Aston.' - Motor Magazine on the Aston Martin DB6, 26th November 1966.
Flicking through the classic car magazines in Smiths, there are a plethora of shiny Astons for sale. I counted 16 DB's in one magazine alone before being forcibly ejected. The point is, rather like rocking horse do-do's; Aston Martin restoration projects are thin on the ground. It is therefore a huge pleasure to open a barn door and see, for the first time in years, the unmistakable lines of one of David Browns glorious creations. The story goes that the vendor received a telephone call in 2013 from an elderly gentleman in Wokingham purporting to have an 'Austin' in his garage. The house was being sold and the garages demolished, everything had to go. Our friend visited and, after an amicable arrangement was reached, left with the car on a trailer. The tax disc was last dated in 1982, some 35 years previously. It was again tucked away until today.
The body and wheel arches appear sound although rust was noticed on the underside of the doors and the Dubonnet Rosso paint is flat. Interestingly, some work has taken place in the engine bay. The crank turns with a spanner and the rocker covers have new gaskets. The dipstick shows brand-new oil and, with a spark plug out, the top of a shiny piston can be seen. Other gaskets are in evidence and a brand new expansion tank has been fitted. It looks like a rebuild but, obviously, a strip-down would need to take place to confirm.
The interior also has some definite good points; the carpets are worn and require replacing throughout. The leather dashboard top and headlining is in good order but the front seats are missing altogether. All five wire wheels are present and intact although corroded. It is driven through a factory Borg Warner automatic gearbox and, looking at the floors, they are good apart from a small area in the passenger footwell. A tool roll and minimal paperwork accompany this exciting discovery as well as an Aston Martin Heritage Certificate and build sheets. These go on to detail the factory power-steering, chrome roadwheels, heated rear screen, three ear hub-caps, power aerial and two lap & diagonal safety belts.
Service work recorded back in 1970 appears to include a top-end rebuild and extensive service as well as a repair to the front bumper.
Whether you leave it in its delightfully faded-glory state and just overhaul the mechanics or treat her to the full spa treatment, the next stage of the story is just around the corner.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.