The culmination of Aston Martin's long-running six-cylinder 'DB' line, the DB6 was launched at the Paris and London Motor Shows in 1965 and was recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958. The wheelbase was now 4” longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Although apparently a bigger car than its predecessors, the weight of the new model was in fact only fractionally increased. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler marginally reduced aerodynamic drag.
The Tadek Marek-designed double-overhead-camshaft 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 power-assisted steering was available.
One of 140 DB6 Volante Mark 1s made, this right-hand drive example was re-imported from the USA circa 1984/85. Damaged in transit, it was subsequently sent to Aston Service Dorset, rebuilt with new body panels, repainted and fully restored. At around the same time a replacement Vantage-specification engine (‘400/4841/SVC’, from a 1971 DBS model) was obtained and installed after a full rebuild. The opportunity was taken to fit a ZF five-speed manual gearbox, replacing the original automatic. All the forgoing was carried out by Aston Service Dorset for previous owner – a Mr S.G. – of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, who had acquired the car in 1988, at which time it was painted red.
In 1990 further refurbishment was undertaken to include new wheels/tyres, new hood, new carpets, re-Connollised leather, new door panels and all new weather strips and seals. After a period in storage, the car was purchased by the current owner in 1998 and re-commissioned by a marque specialist. Work undertaken included fitting new fuel tanks/lines and overhauling the carburettors, fuel pumps, brakes, power hood motor/mechanism and window lift motors. In addition, the steering wheel, ignition leads and rear lamp clusters were renewed. The body/chassis was Waxoyled throughout and the car set up on a rolling road.
In 2006 the motor car was purchased through the Bonhams auction at Aston Martin Works Service and placed into a substantial collection of a Middle-Eastern owner, of royal descent. Here the car remained, in relatively untouched condition until a re-shuffle of the now expansive collection triggered its release back into the market. 2018 was something of a seminal year for ‘3617’, with a significant and substantial refurbishment programme effected by Aston Martin Works, including major chassis work, gearbox re-build and an expansive schedule of mechanicals to enable the car to be presented in a truly lovely retail fashion, for sale on the market today.
This 1967 Aston Martin DB6 RHD has been under the same ownership for the last 40 years and is an excellent matching numbers car to finish restoring. Silver with black interior and partially restored,.....
A beautifully restored DB6mk2, original manual car with correct engine and correct 5-Speed ZF gearbox, and power steering fitted as standard
Finished in Cumberland Grey with Burgundy Leather interior.