1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 joins H&H Duxford auction

1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 joins H&H Duxford auction

61,746 miles from new and current family ownership since 1972

Estimate; £350,000 - £400,000 

Registration No: EJW520J
Chassis No: DB6MK2/4285/R
MOT: Aug 2022

Reputedly 1 of 239 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

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-round 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 wheels and fatter tyres (hence the need for its trademark flared wheelarches), 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, the majority of 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 239 DB6 Mk2 saloons are thought to have been made (of which a mere 122 were reputedly to triple SU carburettor-fed specification).

Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wed, 8th Sep 2021

Text & image courtesy of H&H    

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