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Aston Martin 1967 DB6 Vantage

Make|Aston Martin
Model|DB6 Vantage
Year|1967
Exterior Colour|Mink
Trim Colour|Dark Blue
Carpet Colour|Black
Date Registered|28/08/1967
Transmission|Manual
Hand of Drive|RHD
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PRICE £270,000
The Db6 was the final evolution of the Aston Martin that had started with the introduction of the DB4 back in 1958. Launched in 1965, it departed from that evolutionary path to a far greater degree than its predecessor the DB5. The ‘Superleggera’ principle of body construction was largely done away with in favour of more traditional methods with a resultant weight saving. The wheelbase was increased by 4” which gave the cabin more room and for the first time the car became a true four seater! There were also marked styling differences over the DB5, in particular the rear three-quarter windows which recall the DB4 GT Zagato, and the ‘Kamm’ inspired tail, reflecting the Project 214 race cars, which greatly improved the DB6’s straight line stability. The DB6 also had the best version yet of the Marek 4.0 litre 6 cylinder unit with many improvements. With the increase in wheel base and improvements to rear suspension and engine development the DB6 was considered the best Aston yet to drive and as such continued to be produced until 1970 by which time the DBS production was well under way.
This very high specification DB6 Vantage was first registered in August 1967 to a Mr Miller of Francis Sumner Holdings Ltd, from Leek in Staffordshire. It left the factory with Normalair air conditioning, Engine breather system, 3.73:1 Limited slip diff, Chrome wheels, Heated rear screen, 3 Ear hub caps, Fiamm horns with changeover switch, 2 Btitax seat belts, Bosch Koln TR radio, Power aerial, 2 Marchal fog lamps, 12 Pints antifreeze and in the colour scheme it retains today, Mink with Dark Blue Connolly. According to the factory records it returned on several occasions including, after just one month, to have the Normalair upgraded to Coolaire before changing hands to a Mr Jack White from Solihull in June 1968. How long Mr White kept the car is unclear but it next came into the ownership of a Mr Fenwick also from Solihull who embarked on a full restoration in 1991 carried out by marque specialists Four Ashes Garage, Stratford-upon-Avon. Shortly after the restoration was complete the car was purchased by its final UK keeper Mr Carey in 1994 and eventually came under the watchful eye of Desmond in 2001 when he was asked to do some work to get it through its MOT. Although the car had only covered a mere 4,000 miles since its restoration, by 2004 it was in need of some remedial work and as such Mr Carey decided to let Desmond find a new owner for it. The DB6 was purchased by its current Dutch owner who proceeded to get the car into a good roadworthy condition by 2005 and subsequently took it back to Holland with him where it has remained since. Although an older restored car in need of some updating, this is a nice original high spec DB6 Vantage manual with matching numbers and good history.
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