Monday, December 6, 2010

SOLD: 1967 Aston Martin DB6 MkI Volante Convertible

Sold for £243,500 inclusive of Buyer's Premium at Bonhams Auction.

Considered by many to be the last 'real' Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965, up-dating the DB5.

The wheelbase was now 4" (100mm) longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and re-shaped rear quarter windows. The construction featured a lightweight aluminium body mounted on a steel platform chassis and, despite the increased wheelbase, the car was only 17lb heavier than the DB5. The restyled body increased rear passenger space so that four adults could be accommodated and the major change at the rear, where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhanced stability at high speeds. 'The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space', declared Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested.

The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.

Premiered at the 1965 London Motor Show, the convertible DB6 marked the first occasion the evocative 'Volante' name had been applied to a soft-top Aston Martin. After 37 Volante convertibles had been completed on the DB5 short-wheelbase chassis, the model adopted the standard DB6 chassis in October 1966. The stylish Volante offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, aircraft-style instrument cluster and an electrically operated hood. A total of 1,575 DB6s was made between 1965 and 1970, plus 140 of the standard wheelbase Volantes.

This DB6 Volante has the desirable combination of ZF five-speed manual-transmission with power assisted steering and was originally delivered with a number of special features including chromed wire wheels, 3-ear hubcaps, safety belts, and a power aerial. 'DBVC/3661/R' was supplied new to H R Owen on 1st December 1967 and sold to its first owner, Michael Thomas Stott, of Looe, Cornwall. Mr Stott kept the Aston until December 1976 when it passed to the current vendor, by which time the car had covered some 48,000 miles. There is a letter on file from Mr Stott confirming the mileage covered during his ownership, and the current vendor has retained all the expired MoTs verifying the current odometer total of circa 87,000 miles.

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