This DB6 is an exceedingly rare motorcar being one of just 29 examples built with the desirable Volante drop head body and finished to Vantage specification. The Vantage models featured a number of upgrades including power steering, power operated hood, electric windows, front seat belts as well as an uprated engine fitted with three twin choke Weber DCOE 45s, which delivered an increased power output of 325 bhp versus the 282 bhp of the standard model.
The example offered here is particularly important in view of its well documented ownership history that includes the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
According to the factory build sheets this car was originally supplied in the U.K. to Mr B.M. Lee of Hadleywood in April 1967. As delivered, it had the options of 3.73:1 limited slip differential, chrome wire wheels with three ear knock-off spinners and a power aerial.
After a brief period with Mr Lee, the factory records note two further British owners, the first being a Mr S. Newman of the architecture practice Newman Levison & Co while the second is simply listed as the 'London Symphony Orchestra'. Although not mentioned by name, it is known that the person to whom this car was actually allocated was the famed conductor Leonard Bernstein who began his association with the London Symphony Orchestra around this time in 1966 and would remain close to this organization throughout his life, acting as its president from 1987-1990.
Following Bernstein’s ownership the car was purchased by another London-based buyer who undertook some initial restoration work before shipping it to the U.S. where over the course of the next two decades he used it for a variety of road tours, including the Copper State 1000 and Colorado Grand, and exhibited it at a number of concours events.
Following its recent repatriation and acquisition by JD Classics the car has benefitted from a full JD restoration including a bare metal repaint in Tudor Metallic Grey and full re-trim with Red leather. It has also received a full JD mechanical inspection and overhaul that included the fitting of upgraded electric power steering, AP brake system and 16'' stainless steel wire wheels. Presented in immaculate restored condition with excellent provenance and having all Numbers Match the vehicle's factory data sheet it provides a very rare opportunity to acquire an iconic classic car with an exceptional and fascinating history.