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Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 84
 

1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2
61,746 miles from new and current family ownership since 1972

Estimated at £350,000 - £400,000


Lot details

Registration No: EJW 520J
Chassis No: DB6MK2/4285/R
MOT: Aug 2022

  • Reputedly 1 of 238 MKII examples with matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Finished in its original shade of Olive Green Metallic complemented by a Tan leather interior
  • 61,746 miles from new, just one former keeper and subsequent family ownership since 1972
  • Original handbook, service book, MOT certificates back to 1975 plus a large collection of invoices
  • Subject to an extensive engine overhaul in 2013 by marque specialist
  • Supplied new to the West Midlands and a resident of Worcestershire ever since
  • A very late MKII with ZF 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Subject to a full service plus brake fettling in June of this year

Retaining its all-important matching chassis and engine numbers, this last of the line Mk2 DB6 with desirable ZF 5-speed manual gearbox is one of just 238 examples produced (excluding the 38 Volante examples). Attractively finished in its original shade of Olive Green Metallic complemented by a Tan leather interior, ‘EJW 520J’ has covered just 61,746 miles from new in the hands of one former keeper and subsequent family ownership since 1972. Understood to have been purchased new from HR Attwood Ltd of Williamson Street, Wolverhampton by a Mr Roger Turner, resident of the West Midlands, it has remained in the Worcestershire area ever since.

Subject to some £40,000 of expenditure with Torque Automotive Engineering in 2008, the engine and differential were overhauled in 2013 by marque specialist David Warburton’s Specialised Automotive Services of Clitheroe, Lancashire when the mileage was recorded as 61,000. Further mechanical fettling also carried out by them at this time included chassis and suspension repairs with the works totalling some £40,000 for which invoices are on file. In June 2021 they were requested to carry out a full service, these works entailing stripping and cleaning of the braking system, changing of fluids including the anti-freeze and brake fluid and replacement of the rocker cover gaskets. A further invoice for this amounting £1280.71 is contained in the history file. Unsurprisingly, the vendor now describes the engine and transmission as “excellent” whilst the paintwork, bodywork and interior are rated as “very good”.

Clearly well cared for and offered with its original handbook, service book stamped to 1975, old MoT certificates back to 1975 (at 38227 miles), a large number of invoices and current MoT to August 2022, this highly collectible late model DB6, family owned since 1972 and with just 61,746 miles recorded, is well worthy of the closest inspection.

Entering production in July 1969 but not formally unveiled for another month, the rakishly elegant DB6 Mk2 was the ultimate evolution of the iconic Aston Martin DB4/DB5/DB6 line. Sharing the same sheet steel platform chassis as its immediate predecessor complete with all-around coil-sprung suspension (independent double-wishbone front, trailing arm/beam axle rear), four-wheel disc brakes and Armstrong Select-a-ride adjustable rear shock absorbers, the newcomer nevertheless incorporated a host of detail improvements. Sharper and more responsive to drive thanks to wider wire wheels on 6” rims and fatter tyres sourced from the DBS model (hence the need for its trademark flared wheel arches), the Mk2 also benefited from the provision of standard-fit power-assisted rack and pinion steering. Automatic transmission remained a `no cost' option, while cars equipped with the five-speed ZF manual gearbox gained a lower first gear ratio and more positive Borg & Beck clutch. The fabulous Tadek Marek designed 3995cc DOHC straight-six engine could be had with a nascent form of electronic fuel injection. However, most buyers wisely opted for carburettor-fed variants in standard (triple SU, 282bhp) or high-performance Vantage (triple Weber, 325bhp) tune. Indeed, so troublesome did the AE Brico EFI system prove that several Mk2s were converted to Vantage specification by the factory. Revised seating both front and rear meant that the last of the classic DB-series family could also lay claim to being the most comfortable. Only in production until November 1970, just 238 DB6 Mk2 saloons are thought to have been made (of which a mere 122 were reputedly to triple SU carburettor-fed specification).

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

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