1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 SALOON
Chassis No. DB6/4072-R
Engine No. 400/4257
Celeste blue with black interior
Engine: six cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, 4,200cc, 325bhp at 5,750rpm (see text); Gearbox: Borg-Warner three-speed automatic; Suspension: Independent all round; Brakes: four wheel disc, servo-assisted; ZF power steering. Right hand drive.
Aston Martin's DB series of Grand Touring cars was by 1965 firmly established as one of the most desirable production models in the world; fast, stable, luxurious, and therefore very exclusive. In the autumn of that year the DB6 arrived, distinctively restyled but clearly derived from the preceding DB5. Intended as a four-seater sports saloon, it was given a slightly longer wheelbase and the rear suspension was altered to provide more space across the back seat. Aerodynamics were improved with revised transverse rear spoiler and deeper front panels. Although the new body was less than 20lbs heavier than the DB5's, the DB6 looked even more impressive and offered enhanced head and leg room. An enlarged oil cooler opening also appeared below the radiator grill and there were new split bumpers. With all these developments the DB6 became a comfortable four seater and was capable of high touring speeds. A ZF five speed gearbox or Borg Warner automatic transmission were available at no extra cost, and Armstrong Selectaride rear shock absorbers were now standard equipment.
The British logbook confirms that this DB6 was supplied new in the UK, and was first road registered on 8 September 1969. Supplied to agents A&B Cars Ltd of Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, it was sold within the week to its first owner, Samuel Parkinson of Garstang, Lanes. The car remained in England for the first seven years of its life; after this, following the chain of paperwork with the car, it appears it was sold to a Hans Betzholtz in Sweden in November 1976. Later in 1982, Mr. Betzholtz must have moved to Santa Barbara and took the car with him. Writing to the present owners at the time of their acquisition, Mr. Betzholtz recalled his purchase in the UK, writing 'my only true intention was to buy a very beautiful car that would attract a lot of attention. That purpose was gained many times over'. After its arrival in the US, the present owner subsequently purchased the car in 1983.
Over twenty years in the current ownership, the car continued to be used and kept on the road although in recent times it has been stored in less than ideal conditions. Today, the car while seemingly straight and correct, is showing some age cosmetically and would benefit from attention in this respect. As a benchmark example of the model, it represents a sound basis for refurbishment.