A super example of an iconic British grand tourer, this 1968 Aston Martin DB6 would make a great daily driver. First registered on 4 January 1968, the car is finished in Silver Birch and retains its original red leather upholstery and carpets. The car runs superbly and has clocked up just under 92,000 miles.
Built towards the end of 1967, our car is right-hand drive and fitted with a ZF 5-speed manual gearbox plus all the usual DB6 refinements along with a period Webasto sun-roof. The original colour was Oyster Shell with red leather and red carpets.
Sold new on 4 January 1968, the car was in daily use until the end of the 1970s when it was taken off the road for a full body and chassis restoration along with an engine rebuild. It seems this project was never completed, the car lying dormant until 2007 when it was purchased by its last owner. Having stripped the car and repaired sill corrosion, the car was resprayed in Silver Birch and MOT’d before the owner decided to sell it as a potential restoration project.
We have since carried out some reassembly work and gave the car a thorough inspection. Whilst checking the engine it became apparent that the engine bearings were, despite the previous rebuild, in need of attention. We therefore stripped and rebuilt the engine and fitted a new clutch as a precautionary measure, before completing a recommissioning programme to return the car to the road.
Launched at the London Motor Show in October 1965, the DB6 was a direct development of the DB5 and featured improved aerodynamics and a more generous specification. Powered by the same 4.0-litre DOHC ‘straight-six’ Aston Martin engine, notable differences included a longer wheelbase; a Kamm-styled rear spoiler to improve high-speed stability; a higher roofline; quarter bumpers and an oil-cooler scoop. Although the increase in cabin space made the DB6 a more practical proposition as a family car, well-known owners included HRH Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Twiggy and Peter Sellers.
This car retains much of its originality and character; it has a superb patina and the upholstery and carpets are in fabulous condition for their age. Still on its original ‘F-plate’, the car is an excellent ‘daily driver’ but would benefit from further minor restoration work and perhaps a return to its original Oyster Shell finish; work that could only enhance its value.
If you’d like more information about the car or would like to arrange to see it and discuss the restoration possibilities it offers, please contact us, we’d be delighted to talk to you.