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1970 Aston Martin DB6

Vantage
Bonhams: The Bond Street Sale
Saturday, 4 December 2021
£253,000 ($334,820)
Sale Price
£160,000 - £200,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
4 December 2021
Sold Date
103
Lot Number
#3-
Older restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
RHD. 3995/325hp Vantage-spec engine, ZF 5-speed gearbox, power steering, chrome wire wheels, Radiomobile radio, woodrim steering wheel, power windows.

Evaluation: Aston Martin made 240 DB6 MkIIs, and the requisite Vantage specification is desirable for its wider wheels and flared arches. This DB6 is particularly distinctive due to its Bahama Yellow paintwork, of which only three DB6 MkIIs were painted this color. Long-term Aston Martin Owner’s Club (AMOC) member ownership (1974-2012) and featured in the factory’s Millennium Calendar entitled, ‘A Celebration of Craftsmanship’. The paint finish looks uneven and aged. There’s a dent to the right of the front AM badge, and the chrome has slight pitting. The wheels are good, but the knock-ons are dented. The headlamp bowls are dusty. The interior presents better with superb roof lining, dashboard, and door cards. The seat leather is very creased and looks original. Never restored because it never really needed to be, and consistently maintained but visibly aged. Best used as a driver.

Bottom Line: Some colors are rare for a reason, and few would argue that yellow is the best look on a DB6. That, combined with this car’s solid-but-slightly-scruffy condition held it back to this sold price. It’s on the low end for a home-market Vantage-spec DB6, but still appropriate despite Bonhams’ modest presale estimate.

by Andrew Newton
15 December 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.
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