Lot 191 - 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Mk. I
|Odometer reading||73,372 miles|
|Result||Sold - £203,616|
- Original home market Vantage model
- Excellent example from a private collection
- Just three owners from new – current ownership since 2011
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 example is an original Vantage, boasting triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors and is beautifully presented in the timeless colour combination of Silver Birch with Dark Navy leather interior. Fitted with power steering and a Webasto roof, which our vendor says it actually a very welcome feature on hot summers days. First registered on 4th May 1966, then sold to a Mr & Mrs Kemp in 1969, who would keep the car until 1976 before selling it to another Mrs Kemp, who went on to keep the car until 2010. Our vendor purchased the car in 2011 and has cherished it ever since. The history file is extensive, with a record of works going all the way back to 1970. The car was largely unrestored when our vendor purchased it from the Aston Workshop, but he chose to have it repainted to freshen it up, and had the interior restored to, both now present beautifully. There are a few age-related marks on the edges of panels, but the general appearance of the car is excellent. The bumpers, wheel spinners and interior components were all re-chromed in 2013, they present well and retain a good shine.
Our vendor has attended to many mechanical parts during his ownership, the engine received new valve guides, new valves (6x Vantage 2.1 inlet valves & 6x standard exhaust valves), head re-build, new cam followers, new calipers all round, carburettor rebuild, new bushes, new timing chain and tensioner, new water pump, the list goes on. If you are looking to add a DB6 to your collection, a Vantage is surely the one to have. It’s nice to find an example which is virtually unrestored, the car has just been maintained and freshened up over the years, this example is ready to be enjoyed right away and our vendor reports it is always a joy to drive.
Interested parties should note that this vehicle is sold without a V5C registration document. The vendor will provide a covering letter to enable the new keeper to apply for a V5C registration document by means of a V62 form.
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