1969 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon Mk.1
Car No. DB6/3533/R
Reg No. SHW 240G (first registration plates)
Agent: Plough Motors
Warranty: 21st February 1969 to 20th February 1970
The Aston Martin DB6 is a grand tourer made by British car manufacturer Aston Martin. Produced from September 1965 to January 1971, the DB6 had the longest production run up to that date of any Aston Martin model. The Aston Martin DB6 succeeded the Aston Martin DB5 and featured improved aerodynamics and specification over its predecessor.
After Aston Martin rejected proposals for a replacement for its DB5 from Touring of Milan, the decision was made to focus on their own development car, registered 4 YMC. Wind tunnel testing, begun in February 1965, showed development was necessary to counteract a tendency toward aerodynamic lift (a result of the fastback styling) causing reduced rear-wheel traction at high speed. Final development phases relied upon DB5 chassis, suitably lengthened and titled MP 219, with rear lip-spoiler and abbreviated Kammback tail Aston Martin previously incorporated in sports-racing prototypes. The decision was made to produce MP 219 as the Aston Martin DB6 although the prototype de Dion rear axle was rejected, Aston’s soldiering on with its well-located live-axle configuration reducing time to market, cost and complexity.
Introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show, the Aston Martin 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.
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:
The DB6 is powered by the 3,995 cc (243.8 cu in) twin-overhead camshaft (DOHC), in-line six-cylinder Aston Martin engine designed by Tadek Marek. The engine, continued with its triple SU carb set-up producing 282 bhp (210 kW; 286 PS) at 5,500 rpm; the Vantage engine option is quoted at 325 bhp (242 kW; 330 PS) against the 314 bhp (234 kW; 318 PS) of the DB5. Although the weight of the DB6 was approximately 17 lb (7.7 kg) heavier than its predecessor, the stability at high speed, added luggage capacity and comforts for passengers in this grand tourer more than offset any imperceptible loss in performance caused by additional weight. The rear suspension used helical coil springs with ride control that was adjustable from inside the car.
Aston Martin dealer, Plough Motors Gloucester Road Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, sold this example new to Mr. Michallat-Cox of Bristol. They then sold the car to Mr. G.C. Spencer, a former resident of the now-demolished Gresse Buildings in London. Spencer kept it until at least 1972. During his ownership the well-known service agents maintained the car, notably: Blenheim Motors Ltd. of St. Johns Wood in N.W. London. The factory records note some reconditioning; including a new manifold and gastket was carried out at around 9,738 miles along with the 10,000-mile service. Period changes to this DB6 include a pair of Sebring wing-mirrors and a full-length retractable Webasto sunroof.
The UK registration plate “3550 MX 13” indicates it was last-registered in South East London before being exported to the United States. It was last on the road with antique registration in Florida back in 2010 and had been with that family for over 25 years. It remains numbers matching and in good overall condition. At some point during their ownership the dashboard was converted from Right-hand to Left-hand drive. This process is actually relatively easy as far as conversions go. Aston Martin cleverly set-up their productions cars to be ambidextrous; requiring only a new dashboard to relocate all of the components. This is not seen as a value-add or deduction in the Aston Martin community, but rather a matter of convenience for driving in all left-hand drive countries.
The British Racing Green paint is showing well, with a few minor issues that could be corrected without major paintwork. The interior was redone at the time the paintwork was done. It also shows very well. It runs and drives, but has no recent service history. This DB6 has potential on many fronts. It could be converted to a manual transmission (SteelWings produce these kits). We see no signs of corrosion or body damage. Overall, it is a complete, serviceable DB6 with very desirable factory options.
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