1970 Aston Martin DB6

Mk II Vantage Coupe
RM Open Roads, April 2021 (Online Only)
Wednesday, 21 April - Thursday, 29 April 2021
£203,500 ($283,211)
Sale Price
£140,000 - £180,000
Est. Range
28 April 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. DB6MK24270/R. Fiesta Red over black leather. RHD, 3,995/325hp, three Webers, wire wheels, Motorola pushbutton radio, Radiomobile 8-track, power windows. Since it is not mentioned it is reasonable to conclude the transmission is a 4-speed.

Evaluation: Located in the UK. Represented as the original engine. Scruffy, dirty, mildewed, rusty barn find showing 7301 miles on the odometer and 107,301 miles on the rust, oily, grimy chassis and suspension. Not registered since the 1980s, complete with old newspapers as documentation. The paint is old, dull and damaged. The driver’s seat has pulled seatback seams but is otherwise likely salvageable. Everything else is gone including the dashboard bezel and switch chrome. Exterior chrome is a rust-pitted mess. Underbody shots show rust in the sills. A mess sold on a bill of sale without registration paperwork.

Bottom Line: It’s a mess, but it’s mostly complete. Sold in Great Britain, the right-hand drive is a modest advantage and is reflected in the over-estimate price it brought. The new owner’s problem now is that there’s only a little over $300,000 left between this result and the value of this DB6 Vantage in concours condition. There just isn’t any comfort margin in that equation.

by Rick Carey
6 May 2021
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  • Ken Russell says:

    They were ALL ZF 5 Speeds and especially the Vantage. British Cars By Ken, Aston Martin Expert for 50 years.

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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.
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