Lot 232 - 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk. II
|Chassis Number||DB6 MK2/4198/R|
|Odometer reading||81,346 miles|
|Estimate||£279,000 - £320,000|
|Result||Sold - £310,000|
- One of 245 Mk. II examples
- Automatic transmission
- Subject to a recent restoration
Announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965, the DB6 was introduced as an interim model to follow on from the now iconic DB5, although the newly launched DBS was intended to be the successor to the DB6 the two ran concurrently for three years. The DB6 incorporated several improvements to the DB5 with a longer wheelbase to improve interior space and aerodynamic improvements to improve the high-speed stability over the DB5, most notably by the incorporation of the Kamm tail rear spoiler. The engine remained the same as the DB5 unit with a 3995cc twin overhead cam, straight-six with triple SU carburettors, producing a claimed 282bhp.
In the summer of 1969 the Mk. II DB6 was announced in saloon and convertible versions. Distinguishable by its flared wheel arches and DBS wheels, the Mk. II came with Ad-West power assisted steering as standard and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection. When DB6 production ceased in 1970, a total of 1575 saloons had been made, plus 178 of the long wheelbase Volante convertibles. Mk. II saloon chassis numbers ran from '4101' to '4345', a total of 245 cars.
This DB6 Mk. II/4198/R was specified with BorgWarner automatic transmission, power assisted steering and full length Webasto sunroof and was delivered new to the owner of APB Restorations in Uxbridge on 16th January 1970. It was presented in Olive with the combination of trim and carpet in ‘Natural’ as confirmed by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust Vehicle Heritage Certificate. It should be noted that the speedometer head was changed in December 1975 at 48,521 miles. At time of cataloguing a further 32,825 miles had been covered, making the total from new 81,346. There are numerous MoT certificates on file confirming the mileage.
It was sold to its second owner on 6th July 1979 by ISIS Garage of 44 Station Road, Hayes, Middlesex, an independent garage run by two brothers specialising in Bristol and Aston Martin motor cars. Mr. Colin John Davies purchased the car for the princely sum of £5,600.00, confirmed by a copy of the sales invoice from the garage. At that time the car had already been repainted in white with a black roof and was to see two further colour changes under the ownership of Mr. Davies over the next 37 years!
Colin and his wife Pearl used EGU 867H as the family’s daily driver for everything from the weekly shopping run to their annual holiday. Colin has very kindly provided a brief written summary of the car’s history during his ownership along with several photos of the car over the years wearing its various colour schemes before he finally parted with the car in 2016.
Chassis number 4198 was purchased from the annual Bonhams Aston Martin Works Service auction in May 2016 and, although allegedly running and with a full MoT test certificate, it was immediately consigned to a specialist restoration company who embarked on a full, no expense spared, restoration which resulted in the Superleggera coachwork looking resplendent in its original factory specified paintwork of Olive Green metallic, whilst maintaining the majority of the original factory trim.
This three year restoration has just been completed at a cost of over £120k resulting in a car that is arguably better then when it left the factory. The car is offered with accompanying workshop manual, rare Mk. II specific owner’s handbook, genuine Aston Martin toolkit, the original jack and very rare fire extinguisher. The comprehensive history file contains a full leather bound folio detailing the history of this car including invoices, MoT test certificates and removable USB drive with over 500 restoration photos. If you are looking for a rare DB6 that wants for absolutely nothing, you may have just found your prize.
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