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1966 Aston Martin DB6

For Sale

  • Bare metal body restoration

  • Manual example

  • 4.2 litre engine conversion


  • Much recent expenditure

Chassis DB6/2499/R is a matching-numbers, manual, RHD, home-market Aston Martin DB6. The car was built on the 19th January 1966 and despatched on the 4th of May the same year. Supplied new via Arnold G Wilson (Hoffmans of Bradford) the DB6 was specified in Pacific Blue with Natural hide interior and has only had four custodians from new.


The heritage certificate on file confirms new equipment included chrome wire wheels, heated rear window, power aerial, Avon Turbospeed GT tyres and triple SU carburettors.


An older V5 also on file states that the car was purchased by a William Crawford of Edinburgh on the 3rd June 1966. Several invoices and MOT certificates show use from 1977 to 1981 before being placed in dry storage until 2010 when offered for sale as a restoration project at Coys’ July auction at Blenheim Palace.


The DB6 was purchased at the auction by Mr. Gerardo Kania of Otley who sent it to North Yorkshire-based Aston Martin Specialists DG Dale (now Classic Car Lab) for restoration.


The invoice and description of works from DG Dale confirm the DB6 was totally stripped prior to restoration and during the process was repainted to iconic Aston Martin Silver Birch, the same colour as the famous DB5 driven by James Bond.

The engine was completely stripped and sent to W. Drake of Bradford where works included regrinding the crankshaft, boring the engine block to 4.2 litre specification – now a standard Aston Martin upgrade – and installing new pistons and rings.


The gearbox internals were checked for wear, including all the selectors and was found to be in sound condition requiring no repairs or replacements. The rear axle was also found to be in equally good shape.


Work carried out to the brakes included new pistons and seals, as well as rebuilding the brake servo and master cylinder. The clutch master cylinder was also rebuilt with a new seal in the clutch slave cylinder. All fuel lines, brake pipes, hoses and two brake reservoirs were replaced.


The suspension was stripped with the front suspension receiving new brass bushes and rubber shields. All suspension components were shotblasted and painted. Ditto for the rear axle, springs and rear shock absorbers.


Inside, the cabin floor was painted, the headlining replaced and a new carpet set fitted (including the boot). The leathercloth on the door cards, glovebox and rear parcel shelf was retrimmed in black and the seats and plus all remaining tan trim were recoloured to black. Additionally, the dashboard instruments were removed and cleaned. Finally, four new wheels were fitted along with new door seals.


In November 2011 the completed DB6 was sold to Christian Von Sanden as a gift to his wife. The following year, respected Aston Martin specialist Desmond Smail rebuilt the suspension and brakes along with carrying out repairs to the nearside rear chassis rail. A new clutch assembly was fitted and new rear seatbelts installed. It was discovered that oil and water were mixing in engine due to a cracked thermostat housing so that was also replaced. The engine was then flushed and the cylinder head gasket renewed.


In 2012 the DB6 was purchased by current custodian’s father. Having shared a passion for classic cars for a long time this was the first historic vehicle purchased by the family which brought them into the world of classic motoring. His son (the vendor) even learned to drive in this car as a teenager. Unfortunately, the father’s health deteriorated to the point that he couldn’t drive a manual car, so the DB6 was stored and maintained by Historit Ltd. at the newly-established Bicester Heritage site.


In 2018,  the bodywork began to show early signs of corrosion so it was sent to NixSpeed of Saltburn-by-the-Sea where it was completely stripped for a comprehensive bare metal body restoration during which any corrosion and problem areas were addressed. On completion, the car was once more finished in Aston Martin Silver Birch.


The bottom of the engine was left alone as it was deemed to be in good order but the cylinder head was stripped, machined to specification and rebuilt with a new head gasket. The carburettors and fuel distribution system were also rebuilt and the fuel tank refurbished.


New front and rear screen rubbers were fitted and the front and rear bumpers, tail light clusters and reverse light housing were all re-chromed. The driver’s seat frame was repaired and the leather refinished in black. The braking system was rebuilt and new Torino wheels fitted. The clutch was reconditioned and a new master cylinder fitted along with new steering rack mounts and a new battery.


The refurbishment was completed in June 2024 with invoices for this work totalling in excess of £113,000.


In summary, this DB6 is a well-presenting and mechanically-sorted example ready for many decades of enjoyment – be it touring or rallying.


Fresh from a comprehensive bare metal body restoration a future custodian should feel confident the expensive work is done and, finished in desirable Silver Birch with its original engine rebuilt to 4.2 litre specification mated to a manual gearbox make this example an enticing and attractive package for its next custodian.


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