1966 Aston Martin DB6 MkI Saloon Registration no. OPC 308D Chassis no. DB6/2563/R Engine no. 400/2461
'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.
The culmination of Aston-Martin's long-running six-cylinder 'DB' line, the DB6 debuted at the Paris and London Motor Shows in 1965 and was recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958. The wheelbase was now 4" longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Although apparently a bigger car than its predecessors, the weight of the new model was in fact only fractionally increased. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance, but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler marginally reduced aerodynamic drag and increased high-speed stability. The Tadek Marek-designed double-overhead-camshaft 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 power-assisted steering was available.
This DB6 was supplied new via H W Motors to one J F P Tate of Limpsfield Common near Oxted, Surrey. The accompanying copy guarantee form shows that the car as originally finished in Capri Blue with matching Connolly interior trim, and lists automatic transmission, chromed wheels, 3-ear hubcaps, heated rear screen and Fiamm horns as non-standard equipment fitted.
The current vendor purchased the Aston at auction in November 2001, at which time it was described as 'fully maintained and in excellent all round condition', benefiting from a recent (1999) cylinder head overhaul and conversion to unleaded compatibility by marque specialist Andy Chapman. While in the previous ownership, 'OPC 308D' had been a regular attendee at AMOC north-western area events. Kept in storage for the last few years, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the road and is sold strictly as viewed. A V5 registration document comes with it.