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Lot 703: 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Auto Coupe

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

Replacing and updating the previous DB5 in 1965, the DB6 was the last of the long-running line of David Brown ‘DB’ models and, as such, was therefore considered by some aficionados of the marque as being the last of the ‘real’ Astons. Aware that increased headroom and legroom was required to extend the car’s appeal to a wider market and provide a true 4-seater Grand Touring experience, the factory lengthened the wheelbase by 4ins, while at the same time implementing extensive restyling to incorporate more raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter-windows.
One of only three DB6 Vantage Autos, like this, to have been produced to this specification by Aston Martin, and as confirmed by a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certified Copy of a Factory Record, the Coupe in Silver Mink with dark blue leather was completed at the Newport Pagnell works on the 7th of June 1967. Likely to have had air-conditioning from new (the compressor currently not fitted but included in the boot), the Fixed head was then supplied to dealers H R Owen of Berkeley Street in London and first registered with the current WJH 333E Hertfordshire registration on the 8th of August of that year. The BMIH trace confirms, too, that it had the 3995cc 6-cylinder engine in more powerful 352bhp Vantage trim, automatic transmission, 3.54:1 rear axle, chrome wire wheels with 3-ear hub spinners, and Motorola radio with power-assist aerial, and that it cost £3,232 2s 6d plus £873 2s 6p Purchase Tax. More recently, a boot-mounted CD player has been added.
On file are receipts from specialists Aston Workshop, Puddleduck and Rikki Cann recording refurbishment work carried out including - attention to front and rear wings, rear sill and both door bottoms, renewing pedal support and master cylinder mounting brackets (2003); changing brake discs and fitting Aeroquip hoses all round, fitting reconditioned master cylinder and Vantage carburettor overhaul kit (2005); and overhaul of steering rack (2006).
With the earliest of seven old MOT Test Certificates with the car recording an odometer reading of 77,593 miles in October 1988, the 77,593 mileage displayed when catalogued is thought by the vendor to be the total from new. Although the latest MOT expired in May, the vendor is hopeful that the car, which is eligible for a Historic Vehicle tax disc, will have been freshly tested by sale day and interested parties are therefore advised to check out the latest documentation during viewing.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
Lot Number703
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£80000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£89500
Condition rating
Registration numberWJH 333E
Chassis numberDB63091RGOW5859
Engine number400-3058-V
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors