Although it shared visual cues with the DB5, the DB6 offered superior high-speed stability courtesy of its new Kamm tail, and greater interior space to a wheelbase 3.7” longer than its predecessor. The four-seaters hand-finished aluminium panels and sheet-steel platform chassis contributed to a claimed weight of 1,474kg, only 8kg more than a DB5. The all-round coil-sprung suspension was employed on the DB6 as were four-wheel disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering. Its power until was well proven, Tadek Marek-designed, 3,995cc twin-cam six, which was quoted as developing 282bhp and 280lb/t of torque in standard tune. Available transmissions consisted of a ZF five-speed manual or Borg Warner automatic, in which no-cost form the DB6 recorded a maximum speed of 140mph in contemporary road tests.
This right-hand drive 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon with the chassis number ‘3372/R’ was delivered newly equipped in 1968 with an automatic transmission, power steering, heated rear screen, and centre console radio. The car was finished in Dubonnet Rosso with a tan leather interior and was first owned by Dr. Judith Townsend of Northwich, Cheshire. Kenric Donaldson-Gough was its second owner, motor dealer Brian Classic of Knutsford the third, and D Beale of London was the fourth owner.
Since then the car has been converted from an automatic transmission to the current five-speed manual gearbox which was carried out by Chevron specialist Vin Malkie of Manchester, whose garage looked after the car from 1981 to 1989. The current engine block, a later Mk2 Vantage component, dates from this period. The vendor advises us that a balanced cloth assembly was fitted by Aston Martin Works Service and reports that 80lbs of engine oil pressure is indicated on tick-over, rising to 110psi at higher revs.
The suspension was rebuilt around 12 years ago and the bodywork was repainted in Silver Birch by Eaton Square Garage circa 11 years ago. There is now some minor bubbling below the paint and some light damage to the passenger-side wing and around the badges. The seat leather is original and has not been restored, and it is reported that the ventilation fans and debit electric windows are in working order.
The last owner acquired the Aston in 2006 since then light restoration work has been carried out and the car has only been driven on day trips during the summer months, it always starts and is reliable. A new set of Avon tyres were fitted and the car has 3-ear spinners. The most recent maintenance work carried out included renewing the rear springs, fitting an aluminium radiator and new fan cowling, Zircoating the exhaust manifolds, and renewing both front sections of the exhaust with stainless pipes and flexible connections, all in 2011.
This particular DB6 has completed 101,286 miles and arrives at Aston Workshop in a usable condition. If you would like to enhance this DB6 to your specifications we can help. If you would like to convert it from RHD to LHD, change the colour, convert it to electric, fit an air conditioning unit, fit an automatic transmission, or anything else, we can accommodate your request.
If you’re interested please speak to a member of our sales team.