1966 Aston Martin DB6SOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

Sold: $121,000

282bhp, 3,994 cc dual overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

Debuting in 1949, the Aston Martin DB4 benefited from a 3.7-liter twin cam alloy six-cylinder engine designed by Tadek Marek. Versions of this torquey and versatile unit in various displacements powered the DB4, DB5 and DB6 Aston Martins for 13 years, overlapping with the next-generation DBs. Of these models the DB6 is arguably the ultimate development of the David Brown “gentleman’s express” concept of a GT motor car. The DB6 continued the attractive DB5 covered headlamp frontend, while the back ended in an aero-efficient “Kamm tail”. The chassis was extended 3 ¾ inches in order to accommodate a pair of usable rear seats upholstered in the finest Connolly leather and the body panels were, as always, of hand-formed aluminum.

The DB6 presented here was built March 16, 1966 and finished in Fiesta Red with a black interior before being delivered to Crabtree and Nichol (Sheffield, England), as supported by a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. The car, which was factory-fitted with chrome road wheels, a heated rear screen and a Motorola Radio with power aerial, was then purchased new by Henry Wigfall & Son Ltd. as a company car for the company’s Managing Director, presumably Mr. Wigfall.

The car was ultimately sold in the 1980s to its second owner, Stephen Ross, who took it to Calgary, Canada. With support and technical advice from the factory, the car was converted to left-hand drive configuration and fitted with power steering in 1985 – an upgrade that required over 500 hours of work. By the mid-1990s, it had been refinished its original Fiesta Red and from 2005 to 2006 was extensively restored by the specialists at Auto-Mann in Calgary, with technical input and major parts supplied by the highly respected firm of R.S. Williams in England, the principal distributor of factory authorized parts. Nearly $75,000 in receipts for this rebuild accompany the car, of which $30,000 alone were spent on parts for the engine from R.S. Williams and other parts supplied by Steel Wings of Pennsylvania.

The original block, head and carburetor pots and fuel rail were all in superb condition and re-used. The crank was re-ground and everything else under the hood, right down to the hood pad, was rebuilt with brand new factory parts, including the pistons, rods, valves, liners and valve springs, to name but a few components. The clutch, clutch master cylinder and the complete braking system (including the master cylinder and servos) were also rebuilt with factory parts. As for the interior, the leather was re-trimmed, a new headliner was installed and all new Wilton wool carpeting was fitted, including the trunk.

Ross finally sold the car to Brian Bord of California in 2006, who in turn sold the car to the current owner the following year. The consignor significantly upgraded the handling by installing new springs and shocks, adding a stronger anti-roll bar, tweaking the suspension geometry and upgrading the brakes and tires. Technical assistance and a handling kit for this upgrade were supplied by Steel Wings in Pennsylvania, one of the leading Aston Martin specialists in the United States.

This DB6 remains in superb condition throughout, finished in its factory-correct Fiesta Red with proper chrome wire wheels and a heated rear screen. It should also be noted that the car comes with an original Aston Martin tool roll and tools as well as an original DB6 service manual and owner’s manual. With matching numbers, known history and carefully executed upgrades, this DB6 not only typifies the Aston Martin blend of performance and elegance, it delivers a superb driving experience and, according to the owner, “handles and stops like a true sports car.”

Reference Number 37198

as of 1/17/2009

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Car 1966 Aston Martin DB6
VIN 2509/R 
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