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Lot 164 - 1967 Aston Martin DB6 – Rare Original 5-Speed ZF Manual Gearbox

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£215,000

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2016
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Lot Number 164
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number DB6/3205/R
Year 1967
Make Aston Martin
Model DB6

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If you want a truly British driver’s car, the ultimate development of a continuous line of thoroughbreds from the Vintage era to the present day, there is nothing in quite the same field as the Aston.’ – Motor on the DB6, 26th November 1966.

Last-of-the-line models are always sought after by discerning collectors and few are more highly prized that the final flowering of the glorious ‘David Brown’ six-cylinder series, considered by many to be the last of the ‘real’ Aston Martins. Culmination of this long-running line of ‘DB’ sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. Recognizably 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 restyle with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance, 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 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 thought 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 manual gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.

This superb example of Aston Martin’s DB6, chassis number DB6/3205/R, is a matching numbers RHD home market car fitted with its original 5 speed ZF manual gearbox.

Although little is known about the early history of the car, comprehensive service and repair records date from 1988 onwards. In 1989 its then owner Mr. Derek Blezard had extensive refurbishment work undertaken at the workshops of Ian H. Moss, the well-known Aston Martin specialist. Work included a full engine rebuild, bodywork repairs and a bare metal respray.

From 1993, the new owner Mr Philip Flower arranged for the car to be cared for by marque specialist Desmond Smail in Olney, Bucks. It was at this time that further major works were completed, including a full re-trim in Tan Connolly hide. Subsequent custodians, Mr Mark Longmore and Mr Edward Mier continued to utilise the services of Smail’s for routine and strategic servicing and repair work through to 2005. The car then underwent a 12 month restoration programme.

The current owner purchased the car from Desmond J. Smail in June 2006, immediately following comprehensive restoration of the chassis and coachwork in conjunction with a major mechanical rebuild. Also, at this stage the engine was converted for use with unleaded fuel, a new high output alternator was fitted and the electrical system was converted to modern negative earth standards. The restoration is recorded by way of sequential photographs and detailed technical narrative, all presented in a leather bound folio along with a BMIHT certified copy of the original factory build record and a summary of the service history to date.

Since 2006, in addition to diligent levels of care taken by its engineer owner, the DB6 has been serviced and maintained initially by Aston Martin Specialists Trinity Engineering and latterly by Stratton Motors Ltd. of Long Stratton in Norfolk. Comprehensive records are on file to verify the measures taken in maintaining the car in its current condition. The vehicle is currently recording 53,000 miles and has an MOT certificate valid through to June 2017. Over the past 10 years the DB6 has been used carefully but regularly and has taken part in many events and rallies within the UK as well as for continental touring.

Included in the sale are a custom tailored indoor cover, an original Aston Martin DB6 Driver’s Instruction Book, Parts Catalogue and Workshop Manual. This is one of the finest examples of this iconic British sports car we have seen and is an opportunity not to be missed.


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