1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Registration no. NYM 66E Chassis no. DB6/3029/R Engine no. 400/3025/V
'Stage by stage, as the DB has become dominant in the Aston Martin strain, the successive cars have changed their image. Today the aim is to offer the maximum of luxury and refinement as well as the ultimate in road performance. The minor barbarities of so many great sports cars of the past are no longer acceptable at least in the hand built models now leaving Newport Pagnell. Obviously such a car as the DB6 is expensive and exclusive but the value matches the price.' Autocar, 1966.
Thus did Autocar magazine begin its road test of the Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, which, with a claimed 325bhp on tap courtesy of its triple Weber carburettors and other enhancements, enjoyed a healthy 43 horsepower advantage over the standard DB6. As one might imagine, Autocar found much to commend in the DB6 Vantage, remarking on the car's much improved handling, outstanding adhesion and exceptionally good braking figures. A mean maximum speed of 148mph was achieved while the standing quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds was the fastest the magazine had recorded for a four-seater. At 120mph the Aston was as effortlessly relaxed as other powerful cars at 80. 'For high-speed open-road touring this Vantage DB6 is practically ideal,' enthused Autocar's scribe and few would disagree, even today.
It is an irony that, having brought the original DB4 concept to perfection in the form of the DB6, Aston Martin chose to change direction with the larger DBS and successor V8-engined models. Today the accomplished DB6, despite being the most evolved and practical of the original DB family is also, somewhat paradoxically, the most affordable.
This DB6 Vantage was ordered by and delivered new to the vendor's father, Dr N Power, via H R Owen. It was supplied with the Vantage engine, 3.73:1 final drive, limited slip differential and chromed wire wheels (build sheet on file). The Aston was serviced by the factory up to 1972, the details being recorded on build sheet's reverse. Correspondence on file from Aston Martin to Dr Power in July 1974 details works required totalling £2,000 more than the car was worth at that time! Dr Power then entrusted the DB6 to renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd, who carried out the works. R S Williams subsequently serviced the car (in 1981/82), which included fitting a low-ratio steering rack. A smaller wood-rim steering wheel has been fitted also.
In May 1990 the Aston was given to Pugsley & Lewis for a full restoration. The car was stripped to bare metal, all chassis rot cut out, new sills fitted and then re-sprayed, while the engine, gearbox rear axle and suspension were rebuilt. These works were completed in June 1992 at a cost of circa £30,000. R S Williams serviced the DB6 in 1996 and again in July/August 2008, the latter bill (for £8,000) detailing a front suspension rebuild, general maintenance, ignition system overhaul, carburettor tune, making both electric windows work, and fitting new tyres, shock absorbers and brake pipes. There were further works carried out in May 2009 to modify the exhaust and in July 2015 R S Williams again serviced the car and fitted a set of refurbished wire wheels.
This delightful one-family owned DB6 Vantage displays a believed-genuine total of only 29,658 miles on the odometer, and in the last 34 years has covered only 8,461 miles. Described as in generally very good condition, it is offered with the aforementioned build sheet and invoices, MoT to August 2016 and a V5C registration document.