Left-hand drive 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Registration no. French registered Chassis no. DB6/2682/L Engine no. 400/2694/V
Its accompanying copy order form reveals that this Aston Martin DB6 Vantage was delivered new in France via Garage Mirabeau to the singer, Richard Anthony. Then at the peak of his popularity, topping the French charts for weeks at a time, Richard Anthony was a contemporary of Johnny Hallyday and a friend of The Beatles; indeed, Paul McCartney is said to have penned their hit single 'Michelle' in honour of Richard Anthony's wife. In fact, it was for Michelle Anthony that the Aston Martin had been purchased, replacing the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso that she had been driving for the preceding two years. The order form records the original colour scheme as Platinum with dark blue Connolly leather interior and lists the Vantage engine, engine breather system, 3.73:1 limited-slip differential, chrome wheels, heated rear screen, 3-ear hubcaps and a power operated aerial as items of non-standard equipment fitted.
Apparently, the DB6 remained in the Anthonys' possession until 1971 when it passed (briefly) into the ownership of one Daniel Leroy in Paris and then to Franck Fernandel, also of Paris, to whom it was registered on 30th September 1971. In 1973 the car was still in Paris in the ownership of one Jean Michel. It then moved south to the Montpellier region in 1974.
By the 1980s the Aston was owned by a Mr Marx of Mulhouse, where it was restored by the local Ferrari garage, both mechanically and cosmetically, in the 1990s. There is no invoice available but the works are documented by the photographic record on file. These photographs show that the chassis was stripped down, the running gear repaired, and the engine and gearbox overhauled. The DB6 also comes with its owner's manual and a French Carte Grise.
Its restoration completed, the car was purchased in 1997 by a Mr Leca of Toulouse, who two years later, in 1999, sold it to the immediately preceding owner. The Aston formed part of the latter's large collection in western France where it was properly maintained and regularly, though not excessively, used to keep it on good working order. Works carried out included the installation of electronic ignition and replacement of the clutch in 2007, at which time the odometer reading was 67,000 kilometres. Purchased by the current vendor in 2014, the car currently displays a total of just under 71,000 kilometres on the odometer. New wheels and tyres have recently been fitted by Aston Martin Works.
Refinished in green metallic livery that suits it perfectly, '2862/L' also features beautiful black leather upholstery, an impeccable dashboard and a Voxson eight-track radio/cassette in the centre console. Combining speed, comfort and prestige in equal measure, while at the same time affording accommodation for four, this Aston Martin DB6 Vantage awaits its fortunate next owner.