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Lot 147

1966 Aston Martin DB6

  • Chassis no. DB6/2409/L/N
  • Engine no. 400/2414

Sold for $440,000


282 bhp, 3,995 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear coil-spring suspension with front telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar, rear double-acting lever arm shock absorbers, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101.75 in.

  • Highly desirable early LHD example
  • Ordered with every available option, including air conditioning
  • Comprehensive freshening by Kevin Kay, completed in April 2016
  • Includes driver’s manual, tool roll, and interior fire extinguisher


Not to be satisfied with the success of the DB5, David Brown continued striving for excellence—and many enthusiasts think he found it in the DB6. Better performance, increased stability, and improved cabin space meant that the DB6 outclassed its predecessors in every way.

Although the DB6 looks remarkably similar to the DB4 and DB5, underneath the body it was almost an entirely different car. The steel-platform chassis was lengthened by 51 millimeters, and the wheelbase by 102 millimeters. Touring’s Superleggera body was dropped, and instead, aluminum alloy panels were placed over a frame of steel box-sections. This allowed for an increase in stiffness without adding significant weight. Indeed, despite looking much larger, the DB6 weighed less than eight kilograms more than the DB5. The most noticeable change, of course, was the raised roof and re-profiling of the by-now classic shape, including the addition of a sporting Kammback tail. The entire seating plan received an overhaul; the seats were slimmed down, the shape of the seats was improved for comfort, and the placement of the rear suspension was moved to allow more room. The result was a true grand tourer fit for four.

From the outside, its minor details are what distinguish the DB6. Harold Beach, Aston Martin’s head designer, added split front and rear bumpers with overriders for the American market. He also included opening front quarter lights, square rear quarter lights that echoed the design of the DB4GT, and a more upright windscreen. Many of the additional equipment that was offered on the DB5 came as no-cost options. The best of these, by far, was the inclusion of the Armstrong Selectaride dampers, which were controlled by a dial on the dashboard. Mechanically, the DB6 is nearly identical to the DB5. Powered by Tadek Marek’s six-cylinder inline engine with three SU carburetors, the DB6 produces top speeds of 150 mph and records 0–60 in six seconds.

The factory record for chassis number DB6/2409/L shows that the car was delivered to the United States Aston Martin distributor Kjell Qvale’s British Motor Car Distributors of San Francisco. Completed on 5 December 1965 and delivered three days thereafter, this Mk 1 DB6 was one of the first 100 off the line, and one of less than 200 exported to America. The factory record reports that the car was ordered with nearly every option available at the time, including Normalair air conditioning, heated rear screen, front seat safety belts, and a power-operated aerial.

Apart from a warranty service report on 2 February 1967, no other information about the car appears until the fall of 1991, when it was offered for sale in the San Francisco area. Listed as a single-owner vehicle in “original, unrestored” condition, the car was purchased for a private Japanese collection. After a complete restoration, DB6/2409/L was exported to Japan in July 1992, where it remained until returning to California. This DB6 has recently undergone a refreshing by Kevin Kay Restorations, marque specialist in Aston Martins. Finished in Aston Green with green leather interior, the car is pristine inside and out.

Far from being outshone by its famous predecessor, the DB6 has always held its own in terms of famous owners and enthusiasts. Owners include the likes of Twiggy, Mick Jagger, Peter Sellers, and even Paul McCartney. The royal household even retains a rare DB6 Vantage Volante, a gift from the Queen to HRH Prince Charles for his 21st birthday. Less secret agent and more distinguished royal, the Aston Martin DB6 saloon is a true gentleman’s express.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more