- Chassis DB6/3197/R
- Matching numbers example
- Recent mechanical rebuild by RS Williams
- A true Aston Martin milestone
The Aston Martin DB6
The Aston Martin DB6 was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1965 as the successor to the famed DB5, and it is unanimously considered to be one of the finest grand tourers ever produced. It was powered along by a powerful four-liter, twin-cam, inline six-cylinder engine with an aluminum alloy block and a deep-breathing cross-flow head, as dreamed up by brilliant engineer Tadek Marek, making it a genuine 140-mph automobile, the perfect speedy gentleman’s express.
It could also carry four adults comfortably in improved seats set on its stretched 101.5-inch wheelbase chassis. A 22-gallon fuel tank offered decent mileage for high-speed travel, while Armstrong Selectaride rear shock absorbers could be adjusted from the driver’s seat, compensating for the weight of the rear-seat passengers.
Styling bore a familial resemblance to the DB5, at least from the front, with the aerodynamic, competition-style covered headlights, but the DB6 had a taller roofline and a less steeply raked windshield, improving occupant headroom.
A distinctive squared-off Kammback tail with an upswept spoiler lip was not unlike that of its rival, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4, and it reduced rear lift while also improving high-speed handling. A broad air scoop on the hood and a pair of air vents on the front fenders added to the dashing image.
The Aston Martin DB6 we are offering here is chassis DB6/3197/R, fitted with engine 400/2818. The car left the works in 1967 and was then finished in Dubonnet Rosso with Black Connolly leather to the interior and equipped with Borg Wagner 3 speeds automatic transmission as per what the factory build sheet shows us.
Non-standard equipment included power steering, chrome road wheels, heater rear screen, 3 ear hub caps, power aerial and safety belts. 3197/R’s first owner was Mr Martin Harvey Esq. of Luton in the UK and it will be maintained by the works until 1971.
We are able to track the recent history of as far back as 2005 when it was then owned by a certain Mr Lanni of Scotland. Back then Mr Lanni had the Aston Workshop to proceed with a thorough mechanical check up exceeding GBP 10.000,- expenses. As of 2006 the car passed on to Mr Kevin Bedrooms, also from Scotland. Further extensive cosmetic and mechanical work were carried out by marque experts Classic Restoration Ltd of Perthshire at that time. 3197/R comes with a large amount of records which confirm the rigorous maintenance carried out at that time.
Subsequently the car was put on auction at 2009 Aston sale and acquired by its current owner. Not exactly happy how the engine was sorted, he then decided instruct world class specialists RS Williams to proceed with a complete mechanical rebuild including engine, transmission, brakes, suspensions etc. reaching nearly GBP 200.000,- expenses. At that time a more comfortable and usable 4 speeds transmission has been installed whilst the original transmission was conserved and kept aside.
Showing less than 89.000 miles from new, 3197/R represents today one of the nicest sorted examples of its kind and is accompanied with an impressive restoration dossier throughout.
The car is “on the button”, European registered and ready for immediate enjoyment.
Photos: Nick Williams