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This exceptional Aston Martin DB6 MKI was supplied new in Silver Birch with Blue upholstery and manual transmission. This is an original UK RHD matching numbers, correct car with a fabulous well documented history. The car was first registered on the 25th May 1966 and it was supplied new by Cyril Williams Motors Ltd to a private owner in Shropshire who owned the car for five years. A letter dated March 1974 from the first owner confirms he covered around 20,000 miles in the car and during his ownership it had proven completely trouble free. Apart from service items the only replacement parts required were new exhaust silencers. In August 1971 the Aston changed hands for the first time and was to be owned by a Director of a Reading based Financial Services business. During his ownership the Aston was maintained by a small Aston and Jaguar specialists and when he sold the car it had covered 30,000 miles from new. In February 1974 the DB6 was with its third owner based in Southampton and a letter dated November 1976 confirms he sold the car with a mileage of 49,000. He too had excellent service from the car, only needing to change an engine mount, battery and brake discs and pads during his ownership.
In 1977 at 51100 miles the Aston Martin was treated to a new clutch, new exhaust system and the dealership carrying out this work just 120 miles later then fully serviced the car ahead of selling the Aston Martin to a Major of the Royal Pioneer Corps. The Major, stationed out in Hannover, West Germany owned the car until 1986 taking the mileage to around 92,000. During his ownership the Aston was superbly maintained, evidence being various invoices throughout his ownership. Work in this period included overhauling the front and rear brakes, in 1980 over 2380 was spent at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Newport Pagnell on a new radiator, new timing chain, new distributor drive, rebuilding the cylinder head with new valves, guides, springs etc, overhauling the carburettors and fitting a new propshaft, gearbox mountings and clutch. In May 1986, Queensbury Road Garage, who supplied the car to the Military Major several years previous sold the car for the second time, to a private owner in Northamptonshire, mileage recorded at 92644.
From 1986 to 1995 the Aston stayed with the one owner who spent a substantial amount of money on the car. Over the nine-year period only around 4000 miles were covered but this largely original car was restored over this period with as much originality retained as possible. Soon after buying the car in 1986 the bodywork was completely stripped down, and the car re-sprayed in its original colour. Pages and pages of invoices are present from GTC Engineering who rebuilt the engine compartment and carried out various detailed work, so the vehicle was ready to be exhibited at events and shows. By 1998 the DB6 was owned by a Covent Garden based lawyer who mainly used London based Aston Martin specialists Pugsley & Lewis Ltd and Ian Mason Aston Martin Services to maintain the car. Invoices during the late 1990's and 2000 total in the region of £15,000 for maintenance and upkeep. In 2001 at 112,000 miles the Aston Martin was sold to a Mayfair based entrepreneur who owned the car for two years, covered 4000 miles and since 2004 it has been with one owner who over almost fifteen years has taken this largely original car to the next level in terms of drivability and condition.
In 2004 the engine was removed from the vehicle, completely down and rebuilt with all parts supplied by Aston Martin Engineering Ltd. The original engine was rebuilt to standard specification, liners were honed, new big end and main bearings fitted and the crankshaft re-ground. A report of all the engine work and photographs are enclosed in the detailed history file. During the earlier stages of ownership, we have receipts for new wheel bearings, clutch flexi hose, clutch slave cylinder, new coolant hoses, new thermostat and gasket, all new ignition items and new classic static safety belts with buckles. In 2014 EZ power steering was installed, a new electric fuel pump fitted and in 2016 the DB6 was treated to new front and rear anti roll bar drop links and new rear shocker links. Also in 2016 the car was treated to a full bare metal re-paint. This included removing all chrome work that was re-plated at top UK specialists in Derby at a cost of £3720, windscreens were removed, and the car taken back to the bare rolling shell. The bodyshell was found to be in outstanding condition and the panels were then prepared and the car fully re-painted in its correct original colour to the very highest of standards. The Aston was re-fitted with all its re-chromed brightwork, all new rubber seals and a brand-new set of Pirelli Cinturato tyres taking 2016 expenditure to around £20,000. More recently in 2018, a further £4,500 has been spent on replacing the original carpet set with a top-quality high grade professionally fitted wool carpet set, boot carpet as per original specification and the carburettors have been treated to a full rebuild. Since purchasing the Aston Martin in 2004, 2500 miles have been covered taking the total mileage from new to 119000 and the car is now offered onto the market in first class condition throughout.
This is a very special car and has the important provenance of being an original UK supplied matching numbers car, still finished in its correct original colours and having been supplied new with the highly desirable 5 speed ZF gearbox. The car also has the provenance of an extensive, well documented history file that warrants its mileage of 119000 miles in 53 years, an average of less than 2250 miles per annum. The car has also covered just 2500 miles since its engine rebuild and having had a program of cosmetic work in 2016 the car presents in outstanding condition. It is also important to highlight this car has never required major restoration work. It has spent the majority if not all its time taxed, MOT tested and, on the road, and has never been left to deteriorate. Finding good quality highly original cars of this age can prove difficult and still retaining its original leather seats is testament to the car's careful owners. This DB6 is now really the best of both worlds in that it has pristine bodywork, paintwork and chrome, carpets have finally been replaced after 52 years so the interior presents beautifully with some very nice patina to the original leather that cannot be replicated. On the road the car is truly outstanding. The 3995cc standard and rebuilt engine is first class with outstanding performance further improved with the recent carburettor overhaul, the EZ powered light steering is a true delight, the brakes and suspension feel exceptional on the road and the five speed ZF gearbox is perfect with smooth changes up and down the gearbox. This is a detailed, superbly presented and exceptional driving car that has clearly had a meticulous, discerning owner who has cherished this car and taken it to a very high standard.