1969 Aston Martin DB6 VantageSOLD
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Estimate: £55,000-65,000

Sold: £57,638

The DB6 marked Aston Martin's first real departure in body shape from a design that first appeared as the DB4 in 1958. The DB5 that followed was a truly beautiful car with impressive performance but Aston Martin felt that a wider market required increased front and rear leg room, always a criticism of the DB4/DB5. In order to achieve this the platform chassis was lengthened, increasing wheelbase by almost four inches. This also meant a change of structural design at the rear of the car; like the DB4, the DB5 used the Superleggera method of construction by stylist Touring of Milan, whereby aluminium body panels were attached to a lightweight steel tube frame, but the DB6's extended rear necessitated a stronger and more rigid structure using folding sheet metal frames.

Power was provided by the same 3,995cc twin overhead camshaft, straight six engine developing 282bhp at 5,500rpm, although the Vantage engine option was now quoted at 325bhp against the 314bhp of the DB5. Launched in October 1965 at the London Motor Show the DB6 received a warm welcome; although not as graceful as the DB4 or DB5, it was nonetheless an elegant motor car. And despite appearing heavier, it had lost none of the DB5's performance, being capable in Vantage trim of 0-60mph and 0-100mph in 6.1 and 14.9 seconds respectively and a 148mph maximum.

This particular factory specification DB6 Vantage has been regularly used and maintained by the present owner for the last 10 years, with the vendor reporting that LTU 24G runs and drives superbly. Recent work carried out on the car includes new rear springs, stainless steel exhaust system, refurbished water pump with new bearings and seals and replaced radiator hoses. Further work includes a replacement master cylinder, refurbished power steering, new clutch, sills and new stainless steel wire wheels. A Kenlowe fan has also been fitted to aid with modern stop start city driving.

Finished in Regal red with tan leather interior the car is described as being in good condition throughout. Fitted with an original electric sunroof, this is a good example of one of the market's fastest appreciating classics. With other models in the DB range soaring over £100,000, LTU 24G represents excellent value for a genuine Vantage car. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a MoT test certificate valid until April 2008.

Reference Number 15747

as of 11/21/2007

Car 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage
VIN DB6/3561/R