Tuesday, March 15, 2011
SOLD: 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Vantage $324,500
The 1969 DB6 in spectacular silver coloer sold for $325,500 at Gooding's Amelia Island Auction
Gooding seems to be doing a good job with the pre-auction estimates, as this was expected to go for 300-350K. The winning bid was almost precisely in the middle of the stated range.
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■One of the Last of the Classic DB Series
■Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example
■Delivered New to Switzerland
■Finished in Original Silver over Black Color Scheme
■Matching-Numbers Vantage Specification Engine
■Ideal Car for Tours and AMOC Events
■An Exceedingly Rare and Distinctive Aston Martin
The DB6 Mark II
In August 1969, just before the introduction of the all new DBSV8, the last in a long line of classic Aston Martin grand touring cars was announced – the DB6 Mark II.
An improvement on the well-received DB6, the Mark II was equipped with the new DBS wheels and, when optioned with the Vantage specification, claimed a staggering 325 bhp. To accommodate the wider tires, the updated Aston Martin gained its most prominent distinguishing feature – slight fender flares on both the front and rear wheel arches. Not only did the flares serve a practical function, they gave the car a wider appearance and contributed to the Mark II’s sporting demeanor. In addition to its mechanical im- provements and subtle exterior updates, the Mark II received more comfortable seats, sourced from the DBS, making an already capable grand touring car even more appealing.
In November 1970, just over a year after production commenced, the DB6 Mark II was phased out, thereby closing a long and significant chapter in the history of Aston Martin.
Of the 240 DB6 Mark IIs built, it is believed that only 71examples were originally specified in left-hand drive. Beyond that, approximately 45 Mark IIs were ordered in the desirable Vantage specification, equipped with either triple Weber carburetors or AE Brico fuel injection. It has been reported that the combination of Vantage specification and left-hand drive – undoubtedly the most sought-after package offered by the factory – was limited to just nine examples, a surprisingly low figure.
The DB6 Mark II presented here, 4125/L, is a relatively early example that was originally prepared for delivery to Switzerland. Outfitted with Swiss lighting specifications, Avon Turbospeed tires, dectogonal wheel nuts, a ZF five-speed gearbox and the Vantage breather system, this rare left-hand-drive Aston Martin was completed at the Newport Pagnell Works on October 3, 1969. Finished in Silver Birch with an interior trimmed in black Connolly leather, the exclusive high-performance Saloon must have cut quite a figure in its day.
According to factory records, the Mark II was first shipped to Dr. Josef Arpad Von Habsburg in Moillesulaz, Switzerland, with Perrin Importateur serving as the agent. It has been reported that the rare Mark II Vantage remained in Europe for many years, eventually joining a prominent Aston Martin collection in Belgium. In the late 1990s, the DB6 was imported to the US and has since been cared for by dedicated East Coast enthusiasts.
As a late-production DB6 with all the right features, it is no surprise to learn that this car received first place in the 1999 AMOC Lime Rock Concours and posted an impressive third place in the Sprint event.
At some time, the Aston Martin was restored to a high standard and has recently benefitted from some sympathetic cosmetic freshening. Overall, this DB6 appears to be a very correct and original example that further benefits from its classic, factory- delivered color scheme. The Mark II presents itself very well and would be welcome at a wide variety of motoring events, particularly AMOC meets and driving tours such as the Copperstate 1000.
Boasting the ultimate mechanical specification, a preferred original color combination and last-of-the- line appeal, this DB6 Mark II is an exceptionally rare automobile that would serve as the perfect bookend to a comprehensive collection of David Brown Aston Martins. It is not every day that one comes across such an attractive and ideally optioned example.
Whether the future owner is a DB-series devotee or an enthusiast in search of a high- quality touring car, this outstanding Mark II is bound to impress and should serve as a rewarding, long-term investment.