1966 Aston Martin DB6 automatic
1966 Aston Martin DB6 automatic
Matching chassis and engine numbers
Maintained by recognised marque specialists
Extensive service history
Introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show, the DB6 was a genuine four-seater and greatly extending its appeal. Aston Martin abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. At 8' 5¾" the wheelbase was now 3¾" longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. 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.
This matching-numbers DB6, has recently been repainted from Silver Birch to its factory original colour of California Sage while retaining its original tan trim. The DB6 was owned by an Aston Martin enthusiast and collector for 11 years, having been lovingly looked after. It traded hands in 2016 and then traded through dealers to a restorer again in 2017 who has improved the cosmetics of this fabulous Aston. Prior to his purchase, the DB6 was regularly used during the summer season for family days out and was maintained and mechanically restored to a high standard by Nicholas Mee & Company while in the previous owner’s care. It comes with full history dating back to its original registration and ownership. This history includes some service bills dating from the late 1980s onwards, plus a quantity of expired MoT certificates supporting the odometer reading of just over 75,000 miles.
From 2004 the DB6 was maintained by Aston Martin agents Murray Motor Co in Scotland, followed by marque specialists Ricki Cann, RS Williams, and then Nicholas Mee. Maintenance work carried out by the Nicholas Mee includes removing the engine, gearbox, exhaust system, and suspension; cleaning the underside and servicing the chassis; treating with red oxide; and protecting with new under-seal. The cleaned and painted rear axle was then reinstalled with all new bushes, as was the rebuilt and re-bushed front suspension, while the engine bay was cleaned and refinished ready for the re-installation of the engine. The cylinder head was removed, overhauled with new gaskets, and refitted, and the carburettors cleaned and reset. Re-assembly was completed with new exhaust and inlet manifold gaskets, hoses, clips, drive belts, and engine mounts, while all ancillaries were reinstalled having been cleaned and repainted. The exhaust system was refitted with new clamps and mountings. In addition, the brake master cylinder was rebuilt, and the brake callipers removed cleaned and refitted with new flexible hoses. The total cost of the aforementioned works was circa £30,000 (bills available). In short anything and everything that was required to bring this fabulous example to excellent mechanical condition was undertaken. Couple with a recent colour change back to original, this DB6 is both mechanically and cosmetically excellent throughout.
Complete with service history, books and tools, this DB6 is ready for immediate use for both AMOC events and classic concours shows and seasonal enjoyment throughout Europe.