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1966 Aston Martin DB6

Mk I Vantage Coupe
$149.3M worth of cars at RM Sotheby's Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
$808,000
Sale Price
$475,000 - $625,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
14 August 2021
Sold Date
358
Lot Number
#2+
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. DB62851LN; Engine no. 4002842V. Silver Birch over blue leather. Enlarged 4.2-liter engine with JMB cams, Tremec 5-speed (original gearbox included), upgraded suspension, aluminum radiator, chrome wire wheels, original Blaupunk Koln radio with added Bluetooth.

Evaluation: Four-year restoration completed by Kevin Ray Restorations in 2021 with numerous but all tasteful mods. With the same family since 1982. Represented as a matching numbers Vantage. Exterior shows very well with no obvious signs of wear, and the seats have evidence of limited use. No evidence of corners being cut. All professional and fresh. Gorgeous enough to put on a show field but ideally suited for a long vintage tour or rally as well.

Bottom Line: Conventional wisdom holds that modifying a car sinks its value, but that isn’t universally true. Tasteful mods that improve a car’s reliability, usability and driving experience are widely accepted these days, and when the work is top notch (like on this DB6) it can even command a premium. In this case the premium was massive, beyond concours car money.

by Andrew Newton
28 August 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
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