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Lot 136: Aston Martin DB6

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

After Aston Martin rejected proposals for a replacement for its DB5 from Touring of Milan, the decision was made to focus on their own development car, registered 4 YMC.

Wind tunnel testing began in February 1965, showed that development was necessary to counteract a tendency toward aerodynamic lift (a result of the fastback styling) causing reduced rear-wheel traction at high speed. Final development phases relied upon DB5 chassis suitably lengthened and titled MP 219, with rear lip-spoiler and abbreviated 'Kamm' tail Aston Martin previously incorporated in sports-racing prototypes. The decision was made to produce MP 219 as the Aston Martin DB6.

The DB6 shares a superficial 'family' resemblance with its predecessor, the DB5, the most noticeable differences being its longer wheelbase to improve interior room, raised profile, and rear panels incorporating the Kamm tail rear end. The DB6 continued with high-tech Armstrong Selectaride cockpit-adjustable rear shock absorbers as had been available on the DB5.

Other highlights include opening front-door quarter windows, an oil-cooler air scoop low on the front valance, quarter-bumpers at each corner and revised tail-lamp clusters. Additionally the spoiler with the improved luggage capacity affected the overall proportions of the DB6, with an increased length of approximately two inches.

This wonderful example is finished in the iconic colour Silver Birch Metallic, which is described to be in excellent order. The interior is also described as being in excellent order throughout and finished in black leather. During the present owner's tenure of over eight years, the car has been subject to regular mechanical maintenance including a recent engine degreasing and is described by the vendor as 'working perfectly'. During his ownership he has covered a mere 5,000 km in the car.

The previous owner was a friend of his, M. Thierry Pierard, who also owned the car for around 8 years covering approximately 15,000 km. M. Pierard bought the Aston from Carosserie Janssens in Braine l'Alleud, Belgium. They had acquired the car from a bankrupt stockbroker as part of a collection and kept it for around 15 years then carried out a restoration including bodywork and paint and sent the engine to a Belgian specialist where it was rebuilt using parts from RSW.

Chassis 3460 is a right hand drive DB6 and is fitted with an automatic gearbox. These remarkable classics of the British sporting tradition are certainly not getting any cheaper in the current market. Dont miss the chance to own this one !

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number136
Estimate£90000-£120000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£105960
Year1968
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberDB6/3460/R
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2