Monday, December 20, 2010

RM Auctions Jan 20, 2011: 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe

The next auction we are looking at is this beautifully restored RHD DB6 Coupe. The pictures do not show details of the optional sunroof - certainly an interesting feature not seen frequently on these cars.

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Chassis No.
To be auctioned on
Thursday, January 20, 2011
282 bhp, 3,995 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU carburetors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with coil springs, Watts linkage, radius rods, and Girling four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101.7"

- Recently restored by the marque specialists at Classic Showcase
- Finished in the original colors of Dubonnet Red with tan hides
- Rare options include power steering and a Webasto sunroof

Sir David Brown’s 25-year stewardship of Aston Martin produced some of the most charismatic models in this storied marque’s long history. Of those models, the DB6 unquestionably advanced David Brown’s “gentleman’s express” concept of a luxurious, high-speed Grand Touring motor car. The DB6 received the attractive DB4GT/DB5-type nose with covered headlamps, while the aero-efficient “Kamm tail” included a small upswept spoiler. The chassis was extended to improve rear-seat accommodations, headroom was improved, and the body was, as always with an Aston, made of hand-formed aluminum.

Standard DB6 features included adjustable shock absorbers, electric window lifts, power-assisted Girling four-wheel disc brakes, a “Power-Lok” limited-slip differential, a Becker AM/FM radio with a power antenna and wire-spoke wheels, while ZF power steering and a Webasto sunroof were optional. The richly trimmed interior belied the race-bred performance of the DB6 and its eager 4.0-liter DOHC “six,” which produced 282 bhp and propelled the DB6 from rest to 60 mph in about six seconds, en route to top speeds approaching 150 mph. In all, just 1,321 DB6 Coupes were built between 1965 and 1970.

The marque specialists at Classic Showcase recently restored this lovely DB6. It was refinished in its original color of Dubonnet Red, and a complete new interior was fitted in natural tan Garrett leather. The optional Webasto sunroof was restored, a new stainless-steel exhaust system was installed, the brightwork was re-plated, and a full service was completed. Comprehensive mechanical work included a rebuild of the distributor and SU carburetors, a brake system overhaul including a power-booster rebuild, hydraulic lines replaced as required, a cooling system service performed with all hoses replaced and gearbox service.

The engine was rebuilt, with ceramic-coated exhaust manifolds fitted for improved heat management. A new electronic fuel pump was installed as well, and the professionals at Nisonger rebuilt the car’s instrumentation. Exterior features include glass headlamp covers, a set of chrome wire wheels with re-chromed, three-eared “knock-offs” and new Dunlop tires. Unusual factory options include power steering and the aforementioned large Webasto sunroof, and this DB6 includes a heated rear window as well. Fit and finish are excellent on this very well-maintained example, enhanced by a complete detailing, down to the undercarriage.

This beautiful DB6 will provide a great entry for the Colorado Grand, the Copperstate 1,000 or other classic rallies and events. A DVD of the restoration performed by Classic Showcase accompanies the car.

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