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Nick Clemence, Costa Mesa, California (acquired by 2002)John Warner, Southport, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 2003)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Aston Martin Owners Club Concours d’Elegance, Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, 2016 (Third in Class)
In 1965, the Touring-bodied Aston Martin sports saloon reached its final incarnation with the introduction of the DB6. Of these, Aston Martin produced just 37 in left-hand drive with the highly coveted Vantage high-performance engine. According to a manufacturer’s specifications sheet, as well as a certificate of record from the BMHT, this DB6 Vantage was fitted from new with left-hand drive and instrumentation in miles and dispatched to North American importer Aston Martin-Lagonda Inc. on April 28, 1966.
This Aston Martin also was equipped from the factory with a host of desirable options: engine breather system, air-conditioning, chrome wire wheels with three-ear knock-offs, Marchal fog lamps, a radio with power antenna, and a limited-slip differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio. It was finished in Pacific Blue over an interior of black Connolly leather. While the intermediate history of this DB6 Vantage is currently unknown, by 2002 the car had come into the care of Nick Clemence, the proprietor of European Collectibles in Costa Mesa, California. When Clemence offered the Aston for sale in early 2003, it benefited from a recent cosmetic refurbishment in the attractive color scheme of Silver Birch with a red leather interior.
In late February 2003, the DB6 was purchased by collector John Warner, who lived in Southport, Connecticut. Mr. Warner took the DB6 to Black Horse Garage in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the interest of improving the car even further. Black Horse performed an engine rebuild, suspension overhaul, and attended to the steering box and electrical systems. Mr. Warner continued to service the car through 2010, as demonstrated by numerous invoices.
In 2013, Mr. Warner sent the DB6 to Autosport Designs of Huntington Station, New York, for even further mechanical sorting. This included the installation of a new clutch assembly, the replacement of the fuel tank, and a major service, along with fresh carpets. The car is also currently fitted with a glove box-mounted Hanhart Chronometer and Becker Mexico Retro radio.
The consignor, who acquired the rare Vantage-equipped DB6 from Mr. Warner in 2016, drove it from Long Island, New York, to the annual Aston Martin Owners Club Concours d’Elegance at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, and recently remarked about its impressive performance on the open road. Though the restoration was completed in 2003, it still garnered a third in the DB5/DB6 class behind two fully restored DB5s.
Marque enthusiasts should take note of this rare opportunity to acquire a factory left-hand drive DB6 Vantage. Its generous original specifications and recent mechanical attention make it an excellent candidate for tours such as the Copperstate 1000, as well as AMOC meets and events.