Industrialist Sir David Brown was well known for the high standard of his lifestyle, as well as his companies. A car carrying his initials most certainly meant a particular standard was met, and such a machine would be reflective of not just the company that built it, but a man and his legacy. The Aston Martin DB6 is instantly recognizable by many as a longer wheelbase DB5 with a Kammback tail. Offered by Aston Martin from 1965 to 1970, 1,788 examples were produced in both MK 1 and MKII variants. The options list was becoming longer and Aston Martin became a tailor to those looking for just the right fit. One such option, at least for the DB6, remains the focal point for rarity and value; the Vantage Specification. While the fundamentals of the power plant remain the same: a 4.0L Straight 6 with dual overhead cams. It is in the carburation where the gain in performance is achieved by utilizing 3 Weber DCOE 45 carburetors bumping the horsepower to 325. Vantage Specification DB6’s make up roughly 15% of MK1 production, as such they are both rare and are noticeably faster than the standard variant.
The example offered here is a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage (MK1), chassis # DB6/2665/R. Retaining its original numbers matching engine, 400/2665/V. Referencing the original build sheet we know that this example was delivered new on July 14th 1966 by J. Blake & Co. The build record indicates that the car was originally in a darker shade of red know as Dubonnet. We also know the car was well ordered with the Vantage Engine, Chrome Roadwheels, Three Ear Hub Caps, and a Motorola Radio with Power Operated Aerial. A well spec’d example.
While early records beyond the original build record are not with the car. It is likely that a Mr. Michael Da Costa of Southwest London was the first owner. Mr. Da Costa was a prominent entertainment figure of his era having acted in many Films and TV shows of the day. Though he passed away in 1977, service records from 1981-1985 show the car was still being serviced by Richard Stewart Williams Aston Martin all of which were invoiced to Mr. Da Costa. The second owner, a Mr. Colin Sanders of Hampshire acquired the car in 1986, with invoices for various repair work both cosmetic and mechanical being completed by regional Aston Martin Specialists through 1992 when its third owner acquired it. Mr. Stefan Paul Chaligne was a Swiss investment banker based in the UK. Again Aston Martin marque specialists maintained the car. The year 2000 found another owner, a Mr. John Hucker, but only for a brief moment as the car was then acquired in 2001 by a Mr. Johnson of Middlesex. Under this ownership, from 2001-2012 the car would see regular servicing and restoration by Richard Stewart Williams Ltd as well as GRL Motors, Trinity Engineering, and Yale Engineering.
In 2013 this DB6 found it’s most recent collector owner and the trend of proper care continued by having Aston Workshop carry out further servicing. Shortly thereafter the car made it’s way stateside in 2014 and has been used regularly.
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