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Lot 169

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage

  • Chassis no. DB6/2988/L
  • Engine no. 400/2984/V

Sold for €436.800

Documents: Bill of Sale


325 bhp, 4,200 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple Weber carburettors, ZF five-speed manual transmission, front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar; rear suspension with a live axle, Watts linkage, radius rods, and coil springs; and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,578 mm

  • Desirable factory left-hand-drive DB6 Vantage
  • Original, numbers-matching Vantage specification engine
  • Delivered new to elusive Dutch millionaire and music impresario Stanley Miesegaes
  • Recent service and detail by Aston Martin main agents


In 1958, Aston Martin launched the legendary DB series with the introduction of the DB4. The idea of a longer chassis GT car capable of carrying four adults in comfort had first been muted in 1960, but in 1965 the numbered DB series had reached its ultimate evolution with the DB6, as the idea came to full fruition. In the uprated Vantage state of tune, the Tadek Marek-designed and race-developed inline six-cylinder was improved to produce 325 horsepower, while Touring of Milan’s celebrated coachwork design, now with its restyled rear section, was stretched to accommodate a wheelbase 3.75 inches longer than its predecessor. The addition of a Kamm-style tail distinguished the DB6 from its predecessors and endowed the car with a distinctive purposeful presence that was considered very aerodynamically advanced for its day.

Many enthusiasts consider this final series of Touring-designed Aston Martins to be the best driving of all, as they offered the most sublime combination of gentlemanly luxury, refined motorway manners, and impressive straight-line performance.

The car offered here is one of the original Vantage-specification DB6s produced in this desirable specification; factory left-hand drive, with the high-performance Vantage-specification engine, five-speed manual gearbox, limited-slip differential, and for those who enjoy driving in sunny climes, a Webasto sunroof.

Chassis number DB6/2988/L was originally delivered to Mr Stanley ‘Sam’ Miesegaes in Switzerland, near Geneva, in October 1966. Mr Miesegaes was a personal friend of Supertramp founder Rick Davies and played an instrumental role in the founding of the legendary progressive rock group when he agreed to fund the project in 1969. Supertramp dedicated their third album, ‘Crime of the Century’, to their Aston Martin driving benefactor. Today, DB6/2988/L retains its original instruction book, jack, and tool kit and is attractively finished in period-correct Goodwood Green over natural leather.

In 2009, the car was purchased in Germany and immediately shipped to Roos Engineering in Switzerland to bring the car up to the new owner’s exacting standard. Work included a full service, including a replacement brake servo, the rebuilding of the steering rack, and new engine mounts. In total, 33,000 CHF of work was completed on the car at this time. Since then, the DB6 has been treated to a recent service by Aston Martin main agents as well as a complete detail programme. Furthermore, the car is accompanied by a correct owner’s handbook, tool kit, and jack.

Today, this DB6 Vantage represents a superb opportunity to acquire one of the finest and most useable GT cars of its era, in its most potent configuration.





Moteur six-cylindres en ligne, 4 200 cm3, 325 ch, 2 ACT, trois carburateurs Weber, transmission manuelle ZF cinq rapports, suspension avant indépendante à triangles supérieurs et inférieurs, ressorts hélicoïdaux et barre antiroulis ; essieu arrière rigide avec ressorts hélicoïdaux, jambes de force et barre de Watt ; freins à disques Girling sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 578 mm.

• Conduite à gauche d'origine
• Moteur d'origine (numéros concordants) aux spécifications Vantage
• Livrée neuve à Stanley Miesegaes, énigmatique millionnaire hollandais et impresario dans le monde de la musique
• Révision et travaux de finition récents par un des principaux agents Aston Martin

En 1958, Aston Martin lançait la légendaire série DB en dévoilant la DB4. L'idée d'une GT à châssis plus long capable de transporter confortablement quatre adultes s'était traduite modestement en 1960, mais avait surtout trouvé son accomplissement avec la DB6, ultime évolution de la série DB numérotée. Dans la version Vantage, techniquement la plus évoluée, le six-cylindres conçu par Tadek Marek et issu de la compétition développait 325 ch. La superbe forme de Touring, dont l'arrière était modifié, présentait un empattement allongé de 9,5 cm par rapport à ses devancières. Le choix d'un pan arrière coupé de style Kamm différenciait la DB6 des modèles précédents, et lui donnait une présence affirmée ainsi que des qualités aérodynamiques avancées pour l'époque.

De nombreux passionnés considèrent la dernière série des Aston Martin dessinées par Touring comme étant la plus agréable à utiliser, car elle présente la plus extraordinaire combinaison de luxe, de comportement raffiné et de performances impressionnantes.

La voiture proposée fait partie des authentiques DB6 aux spécifications Vantage, dans cette désirable configuration : conduite à gauche d'usine, moteur hautes performances aux spécifications Vantage, boîte de vitesses manuelle à cinq rapports, différentiel autobloquant et, pour ceux qui aiment conduire par beau temps, un toit ouvrant.

Cette voiture (châssis n°DB6/2988/L) a été livrée neuve en octobre 1966 à Stanley "Sam" Miesegaes, en Suisse, près de Genève. M. Miesegaes était un ami personnel de Rick Davies, fondateur de Supertramp, et il a joué un rôle important dans la création du légendaire groupe de rock, en acceptant de financer le projet en 1969. Supertramp dédicaçait son premier album, "Crime of the Century", à son bienfaiteur et utilisateur d'une Aston Martin. Aujourd'hui, DB6/2988/L est accompagnée de son manuel d'instructions d'origine, de sa trousse à outils, et elle présente une belle finition dans les teintes d'époque correctes, "Goodwood Green" avec cuir naturel.

En 2009, la voiture était achetée en Allemagne et immédiatement envoyée à Roos Engineering, en Suisse, pour l'amener au niveau des exigences de son propriétaire. Les travaux ont comporté une révision complète, le remplacement du servofrein, la réfection de la crémaillère de direction et la pose de supports moteur neufs. Un total de 33 000 francs suisses a été alors dépensé pour cette voiture. Depuis, cette DB6 a bénéficié d'une révision récente chez un des principaux agents Aston Martin, ainsi que d'un programme de finition complet. Par ailleurs, elle est accompagnée d'un manuel d'utilisateur, d'une trousse à outils et d'un cric corrects.

Aujourd'hui, cette DB6 Vantage représente une superbe opportunité d'acquérir une des GT les plus attirantes et les plus utilisables de son époque, dans sa configuration la plus puissante.

Addendum

Please kindly note this lot has entered the EU for this sale under a temporary import bond. The successful bidder must arrange for the bond to be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entrée en Union Européenne pour cette vente sous le régime de l'importation temporaire. L'adjudicataire doit lever ce régime soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'Union Européenne sur production d'un connaissement approuvé et accompagné des documents douaniers le concernant, soit en payant les droits de douanes et la TVA applicables si le lot doit rester dans l'UE.

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