1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I Vantage Sports Saloon

Courtesy of Bonhams

The culmination of Aston Martin’s long-running line of DB 6-cylinder sports saloons and thus considered by many to be the last real Aston, the DB6 had been introduced in 1965, updating the DB5.

Although recognizably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Carrozzeria Touring-developed Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminum outer panels.

Increased rear-seat space was the prime DB6 objective, so the wheelbase was now four inches longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle with a more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance, but the major change was at the rear, where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. These many-dimensional changes were integrated most successfully, the DB6’s overall length increasing by only two inches. Indeed, but for the distinctive Kamm tail, one might easily mistake it for a DB5.

The Tadek Marek-designed 6-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995 cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburetors was 282 bhp, rising to 325 bhp in Vantage specification, complete with triple Webers. A Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time, there was optional power-assisted steering.

A home-market model manufactured to Vantage specification, complete with the 5-speed manual gearbox, DB64012R was ordered with a Waso steering lock, front seat belts, fog lamps, chrome road wheels, heated rear window, three-ear spinners, a 3.73:1 limited-slip differential, power aerial and Avon tires. Manufactured in April 1969, the car was delivered to Wilmslow Garages Limited of Wilmslow, Cheshire, and registered shortly thereafter to its first owner, Mr. John Henry Parry.

In 1983, Mr. Parry reluctantly decided to sell, and an advertisement was placed in the Sunday Times. The low mileage noted and registration number listed in the advertisement caught the attention of the current owner’s father, and a deal was done subject to inspection by the factory.

Approximately 20 years ago, the car’s purchaser passed it to his son, who offers it today with a full file including registration documents going back to, and including, Mr. Parry’s original green logbook; the owner’s manual, service book and warranty card supplied with the car when new; correspondence with Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. and various independent marque specialists; a substantial quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs; and all invoices for works carried out while in the current family ownership.

Throughout its time with the current owner’s family, the DB6 has been stored in a climate-controlled garage beneath a fitted cover, and is presented today in essentially the same condition as when purchased.

Paul Hardiman

Paul Hardiman - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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