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For Sale: 1967 Aston Martin DB6
in Tadworth, United Kingdom

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Description
 
Background The roots of the DB6 can be found back in 1960 when Tadek Marek cut the platform chassis of a DB4 ahead of the heelboard and inserted a new 3.75 inch (92mm) section of metalwork with the intention of creating a car that would carry four rather than two adults. This car entitled DP/200/1 and registered 4 YMC became a development workhorse for the DB5 replacement. Aston Martin rejected their Touring's design proposals and focussed back on 4 YMC testing it in a wind tunnel for the first time in February 1965. That showed the need for work to counteract the test car's rear end lift. So the final development phases saw a DB5 chassis, suitably lengthened and titled MP219, with a rear spoiler and abbreviated Kamm tail that Aston Martin had previously incorporated in sports racers. The decision was made to progress MP 219 as the Aston Martin DB6 although its de Dion rear axle was replaced with a live axle on cost grounds. So the new car had a wheelbase extended by 3.75 inches with the extra inserted just ahead of the rear wheel arches and this allowed the roofline to be raised by an inch, while a further two inches of headroom was gained by reworking the seat squabs. Reducing the length of the trailing arms on the rear suspension, gave more elbow room at the back and Aston Martin offered reassurances that rubber bushes ensured no loss of road holding. The seat shapes were changed to give greater shoulder and lumber support while the dashboard changed only with the size and layout of individual dials. Externally, however, horizontally slatted grille beneath the number plate allowed better air flow to the oil cooler and visual symmetry of the new arrangement was maintained with a split bumper at the front that was mirrored at the rear of the car. Mechanically, the car was very similar to the Aston Martin DB5 with 3 SU carburettors fitted as standard. There were a number of items that a customer could specify at no extra cost - a Powr-Lok limited slip differential and chrome wire wheels. An electric aerial was fitted as standard, although the radio, which would be a customer choice, was considered an extra and was charged accordingly. The DB6 Volante was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965, and since then, all convertible models from Aston Martin have been called Volante. The specification of the DB6 Volante is the same all respects as the DB6 saloon, save for the power operated hood and the weight which is slightly less. 140 were made. Summary: The DB 6 Volante remains one of the most sought after Aston Martin models in the market. Whether it is its Royal association, its rarity or its style, the appeal endures. This example has an exemplary service and ownership history as confirmed by a host of service, maintenance and restoration invoices and a very rare original Log Book. It even has a tenuous Royal connection of its own! Wildcard Production Ltd produced a docu-drama for TV - Snowdon and Margaret: Inside A Royal Marriage. The car was used in the production and a copy of the DVD is present in the history folder. Most recently, Aston Martin Heritage Dealer, Aston Engineering Derby, have completely rebuilt the engine to 4.2 unleaded fuel specification with new engine block stamped with original engine number. The old block will go with car to maintain its matching number status. Vehicle History According to the original old style folding log book which is present, this particular car was supplied new to the first owner, Mr Harry Reynolds of West London. The extensive history file suggests the second owner; a Mr A Cave of London SW1 bought the car in the first quarter of 1977 confirmed by the substantial contribution to that history by service and repair invoices from Aston specialist Ian Mason of Kensington, London. The same service agent continued to maintain the car up to June 1994 when acquired by Jonathan Rogers, only the third owner the car. Service responsibility then moved to Four Ashes Garages Ltd continued to add to an already comprehensive history and undertook chassis restoration and other repairs. In December 2005, the car was acquired by the current owner through the brokerage services of Byron International. A true enthusiast, the current owner has continued the good work of previous owners in maintaining the car to the highest standards but has also carried out a programme of enhancements. First was the change from automatic transmission and its replacement with a Mark 2 5 speed manual gearbox. Mark 2 enhancements continue with a total retrim and the fitting of the more comfortable seats of the later model. The wheels were replaced with the Mark 2 versions and the hood renewed. The transition completed by a bare metal respray conducted by a local paint shop with the detail completed by Spraytec. The effect is to present a car in the best possible condition with all of the best attributes of a Mark 2 but clothed in the sleeker body lines of the original DB6 Volante.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 219572
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
450,000 GBP
Vehicle Location


Country
United Kingdom
 
City, State
Tadworth
Zip
KT20 7HZ
Vehicle Basics

Year
1967

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Blue

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

 
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