1968 Aston Martin DB6 (1968)
Comprehensive history file dating back until 1988
Retrimmed in Connolly leather
Bare metal respray
UK, RHD home market, matching numbers
Manual ZF gearbox
We have the pleasure in offering this fabulous home market, right hand drive, matching numbers manual DB6 for sale. It was supplied new by A & B cars in Newton -Le-Willows on 12 September 1967. The BMIHT certificate shows it was fitted with optional extras of chrome wheels, three ear hubcaps, powered aerial, two safety belts, radio housing, Avon Turbospeed tyres. It comes with a comprehensive history file dating back to 1988. The current mileage of 29000 is shown on a replacement speedometer that was fitted by Desmond J Smail in 1993 at 24,600 miles so the overall mileage would appear to be circa 54,000 miles. Bills on file show an interior re-trim in Connolly 3099 leather in 1993, again by Desmond J Smail. Photographic evidence shows a bare metal respray in 2005 which today shows no evidence of any deterioration. At this point the engine received significant attention and converted to run on unleaded fuel. The beautifully presented history file shows that the DB6 has been lovingly, painstakingly and comprehensively maintained by Aston Martin Main dealers and marque specialists. Pleasingly there has been much attention to detail to maintain correctness even down to the correct Motorola model 818 radio being converted to FM and adapted to accept an MP3 player. A comprehensive £3700 service in 2019 by Desmond J Smail shows the car wants for nothing and ready for its next fortunate owner.
Introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show, the DB6 was already a dated design notable as the first model engineered following a factory relocation from Feltham to Newport Pagnell. The DB6 has a resemblance to its predecessor, the DB5; with the most noticeable differences being its wheelbase, side profile, split front and rear bumpers and rear panels incorporating the Kammback tail rear end. The tail, combined with the relocated rear-axle and the 3.75-inch (95 mm) lengthened wheelbase, provide more stability at high speed. Though fashionable — the rear-end Kamm-styled design was similar to the Ferrari 250 — it did not prove popular with conservative, tradition oriented Aston clientele when the DB6 was introduced. Performance was satisfactory: road-tests of the day observed top speed of the Vantage model between 145 mph (233 km/h) to 148 mph (238 km/h), with John Bolster aboard a Vantage spec DB6 reaching a two-way average of 152 mph (245 km/h).
The DB6 continued with then high-tech Armstrong Selectaride cockpit-adjustable rear shock absorbers as available on the DB5. Other highlights include adopting front-door quarter windows, an oil-cooler air scoop low on the front valance, quarter-bumpers at each corner, revised tail-lamp clusters; additionally the spoiler affected the overall proportions of the DB6, with an increase in length by approximately two inches.
Other notable changes:
Roof line raised by two inches improving headroom especially for rear seat passengers
Genuinely useful leg room for rear passengers
More steeply raked albeit taller windscreen
Split front and rear bumpers
Standard chrome wire wheels on bias-ply whitewall tyres (in USA market)
Optional power steering
Optional air conditioning
Standard ZF five-speed manual unit or a BorgWarner three-speed automatic gearbox available at no extra cost
Optional Vantage specification retaining triple side-draft Weber 45DCOE carburettors with other minor revisions raising quoted output to 325hp
Another major change from the DB5 to DB6 was abandonment of the full superleggera construction technique patented by coachbuilders/stylist Touring of Milan. For later DB6's construction, the more common body-on-platform technique was used; this was primarily due to the extended rear requiring a stronger and more rigid design utilizing a folded sheet metal supporting structure. Surprisingly the modifications combined to add only seventeen pounds weight compared to the DB5.
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- Mileage: 29,820
- Year: 1968
- Doors: 2
- Body type: Coupe
- Transmission type: Manual
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Colour: Blue
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Cheshire, United Kingdom