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Lot 630: 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

Considered by many to be the last ‘real’ Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965, updating the DB5. Though recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4, the DB6 abandoned Touring’s Superleggera body structure 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 tail improved the aerodynamics.
‘The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,’ revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested. ‘The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.’
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.
Recently on museum display at Skopos Motor Museum, this Aston Martin DB6 is offered from an important private motor car collection following a revision of the owner’s collecting policy. We understand that significant chassis and body restoration was carried out a number of years ago, since when the car has seen little use, and that it will have undergone gentle re-commissioning by an Aston Martin specialist by time of sale. A manual transmission model finished in red with black leather interior, ‘JHT 836D’ is offered with original instruction manual, copies of expired MoTs, Swansea V5C registration document and current road fund licence/MoT.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
Lot Number630
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberJHT 836D
Chassis numberDB6/2629/R
Engine number400/2230
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