1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6View vehicle description
Legend has it that David Brown was approached by an old friend at a business lunch in 1968. The friend asked him if he could let him buy a new DB6 at cost price.
David Brown said he’d gladly do so. A few days later the friend received an invoice for £1000 more than the car’s published list price.
Apocryphal or not, the story amply illustrates the fact that Astons of the period gave craftsmanship priority over profit.
Which is quite something when you consider that in 1966, a new DB6 saloon cost £5,000 – a colossal amount of money at the time.
Considered by some purists to be the last 'real' Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965 as an update to the DB5.
Though clearly related to its Touring-styled DB4 ancestor, the DB6 abandoned the underlying Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminium outer panels.
Somewhat confusingly, 'Superleggera' badges continued to be applied for a time, presumably until stocks ran out. 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 car was powered by a DOHC straight-6, 3995cc engine delivering 282bhp through either a ZF 5-speed overdrive manual or Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic.
The combination of raw power and improved aerodynamics meant that the car could get from 0 to 60mph in 6.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 148mph.
In their review of the car shortly after its launch, Motor magazine concluded that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had ever tested.
Famous DB6 owners included HRH Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Twiggy and Peter Sellers.
This motor car is being sold as part of an overseas collection. It has been imported under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to the lower rate 5% import tax if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The 5% is calculated on the final selling price. For example, if the car sells for £80,000, then £4,000 is added, making the total amount payable of £84,000. A company buying the car will pay duty + VAT as well as VAT on the hammer price.
The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.
Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £250 for processing the NOVA application, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and thus allow you to register the vehicle with the DVLA
In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.
We have not started (we have turned it over) or driven the car so cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.
This car’s VIN is DB6/3417/R.
The engine number is 400/3415.
It is RHD with a manual gearbox, although it started out in life with a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, most or all of which is currently residing in boxes in the boot.
It came with power steering and a heated rear screen fitted as optional extras.
It was bought for the vendor’s collection in 2012, at which time it was attributed with having 70,000 miles on its odometer.
Today, the car’s mileage is 70,455.
In common with many cars from the vendor’s collection, it comes with very little in the way of history or service records.
We have checked the fluids, attached a temporary battery, added fuel and turned it over. It spins easily and freely but didn’t start (during the few seconds we ran it). So it’s safe to say that the engine isn’t seized etc. but it must have a thorough recommission before any attempt to drive it. It is with this proviso that we’re of the opinion that this is a remarkably well preserved DB6 that, aside from the change to a manual gearbox, is highly original and authentic.
It looks good, inside, outside and underneath, and presents very handsomely from every angle.
On the Outside
The bodywork is free of any dinks, dents, ripples, folds or creases of note.
The paintwork is in excellent condition, as is most of the chrome, the lights and the badging.
The shut lines are consistent, even and tight. The doors slam home with plenty of hand-built weight and authority.
Even the external rubber trim around the windows has endured the vicissitudes of time and climate with admirable fortitude.
There is a tiny flat spot or scuff on the roof and another just by the location for the rear number plate.
There is also a very small dink on the n/s of the front bumper, a small chip at the bottom of the windscreen on the driver’s side, and a nick above the door handle on the driver’s side into which some rust has crept.
Aside from these very minor defects, the only other issue is that the spokes on the wire wheels are showing some corrosion and will need re-chroming sooner rather than later.
In general, however, it looks fabulous.
On the Inside
The brown leather upholstery is in very decent condition and has a level of creasing that’s far more aligned to the car’s mileage than its age.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive. There are some marks on the driver’s seat backrest and on the passenger’s seat cushion – but they have the look of marks that might capitulate if threatened with some soap and water.
The bolster at the front of the rear seat cushion has a small hole in it.
The door cards are in pretty good condition but the lower, carpeted sections are a bit grubby and slightly frayed in places.
The carpets and mats look like they could use a deep clean but are otherwise undamaged, except for the carpet in the passenger footwell, which has a threadbare patch.
The headlining is a little discoloured and, at the rear above the parcel shelf, there are small tears on either side where the twin fuel inlet pipes pass through the cabin.
A section of plastic cowling beneath the centre of the dashboard has separated from its moorings and needs to be re-affixed.
The gear lever, centre console, steering wheel and instruments are all in excellent condition.
We can’t make any claims about the functionality of the knobs, switches, dials, buttons, levers or other electrics as we haven’t tried to start the vehicle.
The boot is in good condition, too. It is currently filled with a variety of boxes containing possibly all, or at least some, of the Borg-Warner auto box components with which the car was originally equipped.
In general, the undersides seem to be very well preserved and everything visible seems to us to have a good deal of structural integrity.
There is some rust dust visible and a spot of flaking here and there, but nothing that sets alarm bells ringing with us.
Clearly, you will want to see for yourself and reach your own conclusion.
The engine bay is clean, dry, and appears to have everything in its right and proper place.
While there is no service history to go with the car and very few bits of paper attesting to the car’s history, it does have some documents relating to its original specification.
Currently, this car has neither an MoT certificate nor a V5. It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this. Any paperwork shown in the gallery is a facsimile and in no way constitutes any kind of licensing or registration certification.
If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.
What We Think
With the proviso that we can’t vouch for the car’s mechanical and electrical status, we can provide a very positive report on what we’ve seen of the vehicle cosmetically.
We think this is a particularly good example of both the marque and the model – and one that appears to have been afforded diligent and expert care throughout its long life.
If this car proves to be dynamically and functionally as strong as it is aesthetically, then it has the potential to be a very special Aston Martin DB6 indeed.
We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £80,000 - £120,000 plus Bonhams bond payment and £250 NOVA fee.
Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing.
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