Lot 232 - 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage
|Odometer reading||68,572 miles|
|Estimate||£205,000 - £240,000|
- Original Vantage example
- In current ownership for 42 years
- Matching numbers example
Interested parties should note that this Vantage is believed to have spent some time in Switzerland and due to the high altitude SU Carburettors were fitted for a smoother driving experience.
The Aston Martin 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 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 DB4 GT 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 restyled 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, the Vantage version offering a claimed 325bhp.
This fabulous example was registered new on 25th January 1966. Finished in Pacific blue over a black leather interior, this original manual, matching numbers, DB6 Vantage has been treated to various restoration work throughout its life. The engine has previously been treated to a comprehensive rebuild and circa 20 years ago the coachwork received extensive time and attention culminating in a bare metal respray, still retaining a deep shine and in good order. The seats have more recently been renewed, the leather is supremely soft and comfortable and the headlining, dashboard and door cards all present well. This DB6 is offered in good order throughout, the shut lines are good and the paintwork is bright. A nice usable example which can be enjoyed as is or lightly improved to bring it to its best.
Having had just three previous owners from new the current vendor acquired chassis 2486/R in 1979 and has dry stored and used the Vantage occasionally throughout his tenure. In more recent times various maintenance work has been carried out including an extensive brake system overhaul where a new servo was fitted. Equipped with the desirable electronic ignition and a stainless steel exhaust system, this Aston produces a glorious exhaust note when on song and turns heads wherever it goes. Offered with a sizeable history file including sundry invoices, many old MoT test certificates, DB6 owner’s manual with relevant books, and the UK V5 Registration document.
A genuine factory built matching numbers Vantage is a very sought-after specification indeed and this example, offered at a very attractive price should certainly not be overlooked.
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