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Lot 125: Aston Martin DB6

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

Produced from September 1965 to January 1971, the DB6 had the longest production run up to that date of any Aston Martin model. The DB6 succeeded the popular Aston Martin DB5 and featured improved aerodynamics and specification over its predecessor. The DB6 marked Aston Martin's first real departure in body shape from a design that first appeared as the DB4 in 1958. The DB5 that followed was a truly beautiful car with impressive performance but Aston Martin felt that a wider market required increased front and rear leg room, always a criticism of the DB4/DB5. In order to achieve this the platform chassis was lengthened, increasing wheelbase by almost four inches. This also meant a change of structural design at the rear of the car; like the DB4, the DB5 used the Superleggera method of construction by stylist Touring of Milan, whereby aluminium body panels were attached to a lightweight steel tube frame, but the DB6's extended rear necessitated a stronger and more rigid structure using folding sheet metal frames. Power was provided by the same 3,995cc twin overhead camshaft, straight six engine developing 282bhp at 5,500rpm, although the Vantage engine option was now quoted at 325bhp against the 314bhp of the DB5. Launched in October 1965 at the London Motor Show the DB6 received a warm welcome; although not as graceful as the DB4 or DB5, it was nonetheless an elegant motor car. And despite appearing heavier, it had lost none of the DB5's performance, being capable in Vantage trim of 0-60mph and 0-100mph in 6.1 and 14.9 seconds respectively and a 148mph maximum. This lovely, totally original and unmolested example has been in the same ownership for the last 30 years. This fast appreciating iconic British sportscar is finished in Grey according to the V5 but appears more like a very light metallic green - this is the original paintwork according to the vendor and has attractive contrasting blue leather interior. The leather is in very good original condition, still omitting that nostalgic odour synonymous with classic sports cars of this era; power steering is the only modification to the car which was supplied and fitted by Aston Martin (invoice on file). The present vendor is only the third since new and has used the car sparingly in his ownership. A great opportunity to acquire a genuine true British classic, with great patina and originality ready to be enjoyed on the roads as much today as it was in 1968.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number125
Estimate£95000-£105000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1968
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Registration numberSGT 622F
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Chassis numberDB6/3359/R
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