Open Roads, March | Lot 125
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk 2 Vantage
€214,500 EUR | Sold
| Yarmouk, Kuwait
17 - 25 March 2021
- Late-production DB6 Mk2
- High-compression and highly desirable Vantage powertrain
- Retains its original engine
- Largely complete example, an ideal basis for a restoration
The DB5 may have been the model that cemented Aston Martin’s styling prowess, but it was the subsequent DB6 that refined the design for improved performance. The DB6 featured an abrupt Kamm tail that corrected the earlier model’s rear lift, and it rode on a lengthened wheelbase for improved interior space and stability. Moreover, Aston Martin’s design team had the opportunity to tweak the car’s profile for more head room and the options list now catered to a broader range of clientele with power-assisted steering, air conditioning, and even a three-speed automatic gearbox.
When the updated DB6 was introduced in the summer of 1969, it pulled features such as wider wheels and a higher-compression cylinder head from the DBS that had gone into production a couple years earlier. The DB6 Vantage pushed the limits to 325 horsepower thanks to its three Weber carburetors. Though something of a throwback by the time production wrapped up in 1970, history has been kind to the DB6 for the way it straddles the gap between Aston Martin’s elegant past while pulling in some higher-tech features.
The late-production DB6 Mk2 Vantage offered here represents the peak of classic Aston Martin styling. The car currently wears aged blue paint, though its tan leather interior is comparatively resplendent in its patina. The wire wheels that are a hallmark of British sports cars remain intact. While is history is not known, the car is confirmed to be retaining its original engine, making for a sound basis for a future restoration.