1968 Aston Martin DB6 MK1 (1968)




The accompanying Heritage Certificate for this visually striking albeit mildly diabetic silver birch manual 5 speed Mark I DB6 shows chassis number DB6/3349/R was completed on the 3rd January 1968, delivered to HW Motors Limited in Walton-on-Thames on the 4th January 1968 and registered as TPC561F on the 11 January 1968.
According to the build sheet its specified options included power assisted steering, heated rear windscreen, chrome road wheels, Avon Turbospeed GT tyres, power aerial, three ear hub caps with lap and diagonal safety belts on the front seats.
The DB6 was sold to ‘Alec Reed Limited’ on the 1st November 1968 and then 'Mr Alec Reed' on the 25 Feb 1969, who, subject to ongoing verification, is believed to be the founding owner (now Sir Alec Reed) of the international recruitment company Reed Executive Ltd.
The DB6 was sold to its 3rd owner, Mr Henry John Moore on the 06 Jan 1971, who sold it one and a half years later to dental surgeon Mr Thomas Alfred McHale, believed to have been an RAF Pilot Officer in the 1950’s.
Mr McHale went on to sell the DB6 in 1973 to its 5th owner, rock drummer Mr David John Tyler and it was about this time the DB6 was registered with cherished number plate WER2. Mr Tyler thoroughly enjoyed his tenure with his DB6 fondly remembering the times he used to squeeze his drum kit onto the back seat ! The history file indicates the mileage was 73,100 miles in May 1975 and 85,441 miles the following year.
By 1987, with just over 90,000 miles on the odometer, Mr Tyler concluded the engine required a comprehensive rebuild and this was subsequently undertaken by specialist Ken Shergold in November 1987 for the princely sum of £11,874. Sadly, just before this work was completed someone, for reasons unknown, poured a quantity of sugar into the fuel tank. Although the carburettors were quickly cleaned out, the engine no longer ran smoothly and the DB6 went into a period of extended hibernation.
It was subsequently, albeit very reluctantly, sold 20 years later to the 6th owner Mr Geoffrey Corderoy on the 4th July 2007 who returned the WER2 registration to the previous owner and assigned the current registration number XYY575F.
He registered the car SORN in August 2011 and set-out to resolve the poor engine running by arranging a second engine rebuild and bare metal respray with a local specialist.
Having completed most of the planned works Mr Corderoy sold the DB6 on to Aston Martin specialist Bell Sport and Classic in January 2017. Following a thorough inspection they developed a plan of works which included renovation of the gearbox / new clutch, engine bay, brakes, new tyres, steering, fuel system, halogen light conversion, rear bumper, battery, headlining .. plus another engine rebuild to address sub-optimal engine performance. This recommissioning was completed a year later and amounted to approx £60,000.
The DB6, now with 91,475 miles on the odometer, was then purchased on the 1st March 2018 by Mr Gary Milton, a managing director in the Oil & Gas industry, as a gift for his wife Mrs Liliana Milton, making her the lucky 7th owner.
Sadly his new owners (both engineers) were living overseas so weren’t able to enjoy the DB6 as much as they’d like to, but whenever they did visit the UK and took him out for a spin, he was difficult to start and refused to go beyond 2750 rpm.
He was then sent off to RS Williams in July 2019 for a thorough service and tune-up (costing just under £8000), and then back to Bell Sports and Classics to fix the problem. They subsequently identifed fuel starvation as a potential issue, removed the old SU carburretors and replaced them with a reconditioned set that happened to be sitting on the shelf.
This change-out transformed the engine.
In short, thanks to his unexpected sugar overdose in 1987 this rather special DB6 had undertaken three engine rebuilds over the last 1500 miles.
He is now running beautifully and has since benefited from £5000 of further improvements such as new Koni shock absorbers on the front, rear springs, boot carpet, ignition, engine bay detailing and a repaired clock.
This manual DB6 is an absolute joy to drive and attracts attention wherever it goes.
He is no longer a diabetic, not worried about carbs and raring to go !

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  • Mileage: 91,475
  • Year: 1968
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Silver

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