Lot 609: 1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage Saloon
The culmination of Aston-Martin’s long-running line of ‘DB’ six-cylinder sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. Recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. The wheelbase was now 4” longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and re-shaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a re-appearance, but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds.
The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5, and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. Introduced in July 1969, the DB6 Mk2 incorporated many components shared with the new DBS, most obviously the latter’s wider wheels that necessitated flaring the front and rear wheelarches. All Mk2 Vantages came with the highest (325bhp) ‘C’ state of tune, while all cars benefited from power-assisted steering as standard. Production lasted until November 1970, during which time only 240 DB6 Mk2s were manufactured, 71 of which were to Vantage specification.
One of the final DB6 Mk2s produced, chassis number ‘4328/R’ is believed to have had only two (registered) owners from new. First owned by a Mr MacGregor, of Sealine Office Equipment, Hoddesdon, the car won the AMOC’s Fort Belvedere Concours Portman Trophy in 1972. It passed to the next owner, Kenneth Shergold, of Waltham Cross in 1983. Kept in storage since 2001, the car is offered fresh from re-commissioning, work undertaken including removing, stripping and cleaning the carburettors, flushing the fuel lines and changing all fluids and filters. New parts fitted include the fuel pump, ignition points, condenser, coil, spark plugs and tyres (x5). We are advised that the speedometer was changed in 1984 at 26,465 miles and that the current (second) unit displays a total of circa 13,400 miles recorded. The vehicle is offered with fresh MoT, Swansea V5 registration document and a quantity of expired MoT certificates for the period 1982 to 2000 verifying mileage. A Harvey Bailey handling kit is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£84000|
|Registration number||DLT 7J|
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