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Lot 50

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage

Estimate

$550,000 - $650,000

Chassis

DB6/2880/L

Engine

400/2883/V

Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers Factory- Original Vantage
Rare Original US-Delivery Left-Hand-Drive DB6
Documented by Copy of Original Build Sheet
Beautifully Detailed, Presented, and Correct
Accompanied By Detailed History, Restoration, and Document File
Restored and Serviced Only By Marque Experts

Technical Specs

3,995 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Twin-Choke Weber Carburetors
325 BHP at 5,750 RPM
5-Speed ZF Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension with Wishbones and Anti-Roll Bar
Live Rear-Axle Suspension with Watts Linkage, Radius Rods, and Coil Springs
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This Car

According to a copy of its Aston Martin build sheet, this original left-hand-drive DB6 coupe from 1966, chassis DB6/2880/L, was sold to its first owner Walter Cabot Paine of Woodstock, Vermont, via J.S. Inskip, Inc. on July 18, 1966. In addition to the top triple-Weber Vantage engine, gray exterior finish, and red Connolly leather upholstery, the DB6 was also equipped with a speedometer calibrated in miles. It was very well outfitted with optional equipment, including an engine-breather system, chrome wheels, three-eared hub caps, a heated rear window, power-operated radio antenna, 3.73:1 limited-slip differential, twin detachable headrests, Fiamm horns, dual-wing (fender-mounted) mirrors, a Bray immersion-type engine-block heater, a DB owner’s parts kit, and one gallon of Grey DuPont Duco paint.

According to a historical report compiled on the car, this Aston Martin was later owned by Mr. Gerald A. Liod of Ossining, New York by 1988. Next, it was with a New York enthusiast and comprehensively and expertly reviewed by Northumberland Engineering of Southampton, New York, with the DB6 receiving a new head gasket, clutch slave cylinder, and battery. The fuel pump and starter were rebuilt, and the wiring was repaired at the fuse boxes and door harnesses. In 1989, the Aston Martin was acquired at 40,672 miles by Mr. Charles Gnaedinger, for whom it was exported to Switzerland. There, Aston Martin specialists Roos Engineering performed a pre-purchase inspection of the DB6 during June 1989 for one Mr. Müller of Wintersingen, Switzerland, who acquired the car and immediately commissioned its restoration by Roos Engineering. A Swiss vehicle license was issued for the DB6 on July 26, 1991, and the next recorded owner of the Aston Martin is Horst Wendorff Larghi of Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

On July 1, 2004, the DB6 was sold to Mr. Uwe Bauer, a resident of Leipzig, Germany, and an Aston Martin Owners Club member. During Mr. Bauer’s tenure, the DB6 received further sympathetic care and preservation with the interior restored, including the inner doors and window regulators, and the engine was removed and carefully overhauled. In addition, a new water pump and a new power-brake booster were installed, the Weber carburetors were rebuilt, and the stainless steel brightwork and bumpers were restored. More recently, the Aston Martin was acquired by a well known Aston Martin collector and enthusiast who imported it to the US. As now offered, DB6/2880/L is simply resplendent in its red livery with black leather upholstery and beautiful throughout in presentation, marking an exceptional and very rare original left-hand-drive DB6 in the top factory-equipped Vantage specification.

Complete with an impressive dossier, including a copy of the Aston Martin build sheet, service and restoration receipts, photographs, appraisal reports, and registration documents, this outstanding and rare original left-hand- drive DB6 Vantage represents a tremendous opportunity to acquire one of the most beloved Aston Martins of the David Brown era.

The DB6

Introduced at the October 1965 London Motor Show, the Aston Martin DB6 advanced David Brown’s “Gentlemen’s Express” concept in every respect. Cloaked in hand-formed aluminum, retaining the very attractive DB4GT/ DB5 covered headlamps, and featuring a new aero-efficient Kamm tail with integral spoiler, the DB6 also featured a slight wheelbase extension delivering heightened passenger comfort with useful rear seats and improved headroom.

Comprehensive standard features and rich Connolly leather upholstery belied the impressive performance of the DB6 and its robust 4.0-litre DOHC inline “six” that delivered 282 bhp and propelled the car from rest to 60 mph in about six seconds, en route to a 140 mph top-end charge. Even more breathtaking performance was provided with the ultimate factory-available 325 bhp Vantage-specification engine. A five- speed ZF gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes were standard equipment.