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  • RefCode: TA1180029
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB6
  • Derivative: with 4.7 litre RSW Upgrade
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,969
  • Mileage (Miles): 3,577
  • Mileage (KM): 5,756
  • Colour: Grey
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The market appetite for DB6 is undiminished and this car offers a rare and exciting opportunity for any enthusiast or collector. Its upgrade to 4.7 litre ensures that the new owner will have no problems coping with modern road conditions and, arriving on the market with a value for money price tag reflecting todays marketplace, we do not expect the car to remain in stock for very long.

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  • RefCode: TA1173584
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB7
  • Derivative: Vantage Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,002
  • Mileage (Miles): 17,600
  • Mileage (KM): 28,324
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The Volante or soft top version of the DB7 was planned from the beginning and the development of a dedicated convertible design began once the form of the coupe had been established. But the two cars were treated as separate entities with no thought of compromise. 'We actually clay modelled the raised roof' recalled Ian Callum in a recent interview, 'and I worked closely with the trimmers at Aston Martin to learn the constraints coming from the hood material and the folding mechanism, and to ensure that the hood had the correct form. The skills of the trimmers ensured that the silhouette of the raised roof reflects the purity and elegance that characterised the rest of the car.' The end result is a car that, from the edge of the doors forward, the Volante is virtually identical to the coupe. However the rear panels are redesigned to produce a shape with a longer boot lid and stowage space for the hood, though this was not designed to fold out of sight. What was out of sight was the extra stiffeningand the strengthening of the screen surrounds which delivered some degree of roll over protection. To satisfy US type approval, a larger rear bumper was fitted pushing the overall length up by 3 inches. The tailored hood was operated by electric controls and the overall weight of the car raised a total of 150 kilograms. So in spite of the otherwise unchanged specification (no rear anti roll bar) slower acceleration and lower top speeds resulted. The construction of the DB7 was a departure from established Aston Martin practice. Rather than the traditional hand-made aluminium skin attached to a steel platform, the new car had a steel semi-monocoque body shell with steel panels together with composite bonnet, sills and boot lid. The bodies were made in Coventry and then sent to Rolls Royce in Crewe for painting and finally to the new facility at Bloxham where engines, running gear and interior trims were fitted. The installation of a new paint plant at Bloxham in 2000 shortened that productionprocess and put Aston Martin in closer control. At the 1999 Geneva Motor Show Aston Martin launched a new version - the DB7 Vantage. The new car had a 48 valve, all alloy 60 degree 6.0 litre V12 that had been developed by Cosworth and forged in their foundry. It incorporated the latest Formula 1 technology and had a Visteon engine management system capable of processing 1.6 million commands per second. The car, like the original DB7, had been subjected to a rigorous test programme - not for Aston Martin of the '90's was there to be discoveries about high speed engine problems as they had experienced in the 1960's with the DB4. The DB7 Vantage had a high speed durability test running for 48 hours continuously at 165 mph in hot mid-summer in Southern Europe. The new engine produced a massive 420 b.h.p. and a performance potential of over 180 mph and there had to be other areas of development in the car. The Brembo brakes, run through a Teves four channel anti-lock braking system, half ventilated,cross drilled front discs of 14' diameter. Special 15 inch alloy wheels were specially developed with 9 inch rims at the rear and 8 inch rims for the front wheels. Added to that were an advanced traction control system and revised suspension. New upper and lower wishbones linked a new vertical link at the front while at the rear, there was an additional transverse link incorporated. The modifications were completed by Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated springs. To accommodate the V12 engine and the associated 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox, the underside of the car had to be redesigned. This involved an enlarged transmission tunnel and new front end structure with increased strength and torsional rigidity built into the revised structure. New cooling requirements meant wider radiator openings and justified the new bright metal grille while new bumpers and integrated sill design blended in the other subtle external differences. Inside the car was standard Aston Martin luxury withConnolly hide, Kenwood car stereo and the introduction of a large red starter button mounted in the centre console. At missile control, that red starter button would have a large, lockable lever preventing accidental use, such is the power it unleashes. Press the button and almost primeval forces are set free, the initial thunder of the engine settling back into a barely perceptible burble. Engage gear, brace your neck and accelerate - power, beauty and soul. Summary; A real driver's car with its 6 speed manual gearbox and V12 6 litre engine, this beautifully presented Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante is the ultimate 'wind in the hair' choice for an Aston enthusiast. There can be few cars on the market today with a comparable service and ownership history making the choice of an Aston purchase very simple. Vehicle History; This car was bought by its original owner at a time when it was price advantageous to buy in Europe and personally import a car. That is exactly what happened with this car,purchased originally by a Mr Parkhouse at a Dutch main dealer and then brought back to the UK. Maintained immaculately by Mr Parkhouse, the car was sold in late 2003 after a full appraisal conducted by Aston Martin Works Service through the services of our brokerage to a Mr Beale who continued to maintain the car to the highest standards with Works Service meaning that the car was presented in outstanding order with a full Aston Martin Service History when offered by our brokerage once more. It was acquired by the current owner following his own inspection through Aston Martin Works Service. A real Aston Martin enthusiast, he acquired the car having recently had such a good restoration on his DB6 that he wanted to have an Aston he could use more regularly. Even his more regular use of the car has amounted to only around 6,000 miles in six years of ownership and, of course, as an Aston enthusiast, he has maintained the servicing of the car immaculately.

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  • RefCode: TA1183123
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB4
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,961
  • Mileage (Miles): 77,098
  • Mileage (KM): 124,077
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

Background:; When the single pale primrose DB4 was launched at the Paris Salon in October 1958, Marcel Blondeau, the French distributor for Aston Martin approached John Wyer on the stand with tears in his eyes 'This is not a car, it is a folly, but I can sell as many as you can supply.'; With a top speed of 140 mph, it was one of the fastest four seaters in the world and was on a par with the best of Italian Grand Turismos. Not wholly surprising, given the decision to have this distillation of years of Feltham ideas designed by Touring of Milan using their 'Superleggera' system. The body consisted entirely of aluminium mounted on a trellis of small diameter steel tubes welded together. Body panels were attached to the trellis and clinched around angle plates which were welded to the members with graphite pads. Items like windscreen, rear window frames an angle sections for the door hinges were attached directly to the frame. The design delivered slim proportions and outstanding all-roundvisibility. With the body mounted on a platform chassis, the seats could be set low without resorting to deep sills. The doors, which undercut the windscreen, were wide with frameless windows - no quarter lights - and the rear windows opened hingeing on their forward edges. Easier access to the rear with its new full width rear seat, past hinged and adjustable front seats from Reutter. The wide parcel shelf concealed the presence of a 19 gallon petrol tank while at the back of the car, the boot lid opened to floor level. The battery, with its own master switch was behind a panel in the right hand wing and the spare wheel was in a separate contained under the boot floor. Power came from the all new Tadek Marek twin overhead cam aluminium engine that weighed in 22Kg less than its predecessor. The twin cam shafts operated the valves directly through inverted steel tappets while those valves were splayed at an 80 degree angle - the seats all had inserts and the exhaust guides were all in direct contactwith cooling water. The block followed the contour of the liners which combined to save weight and strengthen the structure. The crankshaft was a nitirided steel forging which ran in seven bronze bearings - the connecting rods were polished and weight graded while the pistons each had two compression rings, the top one being chrome faced. Driving through a four speed, all synchromesh gearbox and a 10 inch single, dry plate Borg and Beck clutch - the engine was quoted as developing 240 bhp, although this was, in truth, probably nearer 208 bhp. Marek had, at John Wyer's suggestion, researched horsepower claims on American engines and had found a mean discrepancy of 32 per cent - John Wyer's reaction was 'We can't lie that much, we can only lie 15 per cent'. Ride and handling came courtesy of Harold Beach designed coil and wishbone front suspension and a rear set up of trailing arm and coil spring incorporating a Watts linkage. The brakes were all wound discs from Dunlop with a Lockheed servo fitted.Wire wheels with Dunlop centre locks and 16 inch Avon Turbospeed tyres as standard fitment. At launch, Aston Martin only had two pre-production models and with one used to promote the new car, they were reluctant to entrust the other, untried and untested model to the motoring press so definitive road tests were not available, just the enthusiastic hyperbole of John Wyer. His claim, made before launch, that the car could go from a standing start to 100 mph and back to standstill in 30 seconds was faithfully reproduced in advertising material. It was on October 2nd, the day of the car's launch in Paris that tests at MIRA proved him correct with mean times set of the feat at 27.2 seconds. The Series IV was introduced in September 1961 - a lower bonnet scoop was introduced as well as a new grille with 7 vertical bars and internally, the ashtray was moved from the top of the dash to the gearbox cover. The GT instrument panel with separate gauges was fitted to most cars . Summary:; The TouringSuperleggera designed Aston Martins are still considered by many to be Newport Pagnell's finest and, as the first example, the Aston Martin DB4 is considered by many to be the purest form of this automotive classic. DB4/818/L is a superlative example - with a clear and recorded ownership history, the car has been cherished by successive owners. Not least the current owner who has had the car lovingly restored to originality and to the very highest standards. This left hand drive Series IV is rare, highly sought after and, most importantly, in original specification. Roos have ensured that the drive is superb and, even on country roads, there is barely a rattle. It is a car for the collector, the purist and someone who enjoys Superleggera as it was designed. Vehicle History; A copy of the original build sheet for the car notes the car's delivery to the original keeper, M. Spyridion Metaxas of Avenue Foch in Paris on 29th November 1961. The same sheet notes early service work on the gearbox andreplacement of the clutch and hydraulics. The car then found its way to Switzerland where it had two registered keepers - the first was a Mr Kurt Mittner, the second a Mr Alec Wittmer who was a long term owner keeping the car from 1972 to 2000. While under his stewardship, the car went to Varese in Italy where, between 1979 and 1984, a full restoration was carried out by Officina Scapini & Brutto-Meso, a licensed Ferrari dealership. In December 2000, the car was taken to the US by Belgian dealer M. Ooms of Overpelt and sold through RM Auctions to Autosport Designs who in turn sold it to its fourth private owner, Ms Eaton of Greenwich, Connecticut. The current owner, only the fifth in the car's lifetime, acquired the car in Boston Massachusetts from the Secretary of the East Coast USA AMOC and brought the car back to France in 2003. Sharing a garage with other classics, the car has enjoyed outings for pleasure and on classic rallies. Then in 2014, the owner commissioned Swiss Aston Martin specialistand Heritage dealer, Roos Engineering, to undertake a year long restoration to close to its original condition. The interior remains as completely original, while the chassis and body were thoroughly refurbished and the engine rebuilt. Roos provided a comprehensive photographic record of the restoration together with a detailed invoice for the engine rebuild. However, the owner has reached a point in life where he feels that it is time to take a more leisurely approach and has asked Byron International to offer this wonderful car to the market. Prior to delivering the car to our storage facility previously, the owner elected to enjoy one last 'fling' in his restored car and participated in a Classic Car Rally in the Dolomites. After the event, it was returned to Roos Engineering for a complete check over and, 1000km engine check. The details of that work has been provided together with the Roos invoice demonstrating the willingness of the owner to invest in the best right up to the point of sale.But the vagaries of the market persuaded the owner that Astons are there to be enjoyed and most recently the owner has been back on the road enjoying his DB4 but brought the car back to the UK to test the market at a revised and lower price. Whilst he still seeks a buyer, he still wants to improve the car and, if the summer comes round without a new owner, he will be back on the road so he commissioned Vantage Engineering to undertake some important improvements to the car - he felt that the longer drives needed to be more comfortable and asked them to overhaul the gearbox and differential. On the latter that meant a new crown wheel & pinion and revised final drive ratio. At the same time, they counselled that such a lovely car would benefit from some work on the under bonnet area and the photos give some idea of the detail that has been applied. All designed for his pleasure but a hell of a benefit to a purchaser - 20,000 + of improvements and a realistic price. They have made a very good car, agreat one!

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  • RefCode: TA1183126
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: V8
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,999
  • Mileage (Miles): 32,515
  • Mileage (KM): 52,327
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

Following the success of the Limited Edition V8 Coupe, the new 'Vantage' style V8 Coupe was introduced on the 5th of March 1996, at the Geneva Motor Show, alongside the DB7 Volante. Whereas all ten of the Limited Edition V8 Coupes shared many external features with the preceding Virage, the new V8 Coupe reflects the overall design themes and the smooth flowing aerodynamic lines of the Vantage, as was the case with most of the suspension system. However, it has its own distinctive design radiator intake, six spoke 18' x 8.5' alloy road wheels, and circular auxiliary driving lamps integrated within the front spoiler. Special compound 255 / 50 ZR18 Pirelli P Zero tyres were developed for the new model. The V8 Volante was launched in October 1998 at the London Motor Show, based on the V8 Coupe and Vantage models. To afford rear seat passengers extra legroom, 7 7/8' (200mm) was added to the length of rear passenger internal space, together with an additional ' (20mm) of shoulder width. Luggageaccommodation also increased as a consequence. These increases were achieved by adding 7 7/8' to the wheelbase, which increased the overall length by the same amount, whilst the width was increased by 2 1/8' (53mm). The suspension specification was further refined to allow for the extra wheelbase, together with the increased power output from the engine. Special hydraulic door check straps were developed to control the opening and closing of the doors. The quad cam engine has 4 valves per cylinder, (last used by Aston Martin in 1921-2) and produces 350 horsepower. This was a further development of the now legendary Tadek Marek designed all alloy V8, with its racing pedigree. Improved cylinder heads, camshafts and pistons were fitted, together with an 'Alpha Plus' electronically controlled engine management system. According to Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., the new V8 Coupe could reach 60 M.P.H. in less than 6.0 seconds and has a maximum speed in excess of 150 M.P.H. Naturally with the use of athree-way catalytic exhaust system, the engine runs on unleaded fuel. However, for countries where leaded petrol is still the norm, a non-catalyst system was available. In effect, it is a 'worldwide' engine compatible for all markets. The 4-speed automatic transmission is electronically controlled with Sport and Touring modes. Anti-lock AP / PBR brakes are fitted to all four wheels, with ventilated discs and four pot callipers. With a servo-assisted tandem master cylinder, the brakes are independent front and rear, controlled by a Bosch 4 channel ABS system. The power assisted rack and pinion steering is speed sensitive. The rear axle is fitted with a limited slip differential. All body panels are hand crafted in aluminium. Requiring ten Connolly hides each luxurious interior could be tailored to individual tastes. Burr Walnut is used for the fascia panel, centre console and door cappings, and Wilton carpet for the floor covering. There are a minimum of twelve separate coats of paint applied toeach complete body. Each engine carries the name of the individual craftsman who was personally responsible for its build and extended dynamometer test. There is power assistance for the adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats. A sophisticated climate control system is provided together with a stereo, radio, cassette and CD player. For the final touch of luxury, cruise control is fitted for long distance touring. Summary:; A great example of the marque, this car has proved that regular servicing assures performance, enjoyment and reliability. From a build run of just 64 cars, this Long Wheelbase Volante, one of the very last of the hand-built Astons, offers true four-seater luxury cruising. With a clear ownership history from new, an immaculate service history, a popular and appropriate specification, this Volante offers any Aston Martin enthusiast probably the best example of this rare car on the market today. Vehicle History; Factory records indicate that this car was allocated toStratstone Ltd as a demonstrator vehicle and, as was apparently standard for Stratstone at this time, the service record for this rare and outstanding car shows its pre-delivery inspection carried out by Works Service on 23rd July of the same year! Within the records, the next owner is recorded as a Mr N Cooper from Essex and it is probably no coincidence that shortly after, a Laurie Paulin of Chelmsford acquired car registering it on 6th August 2004. Acquired by the current keeper in January 2005, again, it is clear from Legends Automotive in Bicester, the service history that this was accomplished after a thorough service by Chiltern Aston who recorded a service just three days before that sale. And the car has remained with that owner since that time and the continued service and maintenance of the car is carefully collated in the vehicle's history folder.

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  • RefCode: TA1179966
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB6
  • Derivative: Mark 2 Vantage
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,970
  • Mileage (Miles): 28,392
  • Mileage (KM): 45,692
  • Colour: Green
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

There remains huge demand for Tourings Superleggera Aston Martins with the DB6 Mark 2 model probably being the rarest standard models and probably the most sought after. DB6MK2FI/4231/R has a clear ownership history and is presented in outstanding condition with its exceptional and original interior, presented in Vantage specification with a cracking and classic colour combination, she is one for a collector or anyone who wants to truly enjoy the pride of ownership of a classic Aston.

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  • RefCode: TA1175593
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB9
  • Derivative: Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,006
  • Mileage (Miles): 53,500
  • Mileage (KM): 86,099
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

Background:; The DB9 was the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time. The sleek superformed aluminium body was initially designed by Ian Callum but had also been significantly influenced by the next director of AM design, Hendrik Fisker. The DB9 was powered by a third-generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre V12 and has a top speed of 186mph. Production of the coupe started at the new Gaydon factory very early in 2004, with the Volante coming on stream early in 2005. The DB9 was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture the DB 9 used Superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. The DB9 body shell weighed 25% less than that of the DB7 but has double its torsional rigidity.This process also allowed Aston Martin to retain high levels of engineering accuracy in producing a car at a higher volume, ensuring chassis performance to match the engine power. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. Beautifully tailored with the finest of materials, the DB9 follows uses Bridge of Weir leather, aluminium and wood. The use of wood in the interior was different from previous Aston Martins, with customers offered a choice of walnut, mahogany or bamboo. The fine detail of finishing typifies by the starter button made of glass, sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo. Summary:; The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is acknowledged as a modern classic and, with a 6-speed manual gearbox, this car is going to reward any owner. Rare as a manual, it is almost unique with its bespoke luggage and cracking value for money. Highly recommended!; Vehicle History; First registered in September 2006, this lovely manual Volante was sold by Aston MartinMayfair to a Mr Farmer of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. The car was serviced and maintained by Lancaster of Reading and it is they who sold the car to its second owner, Mr Lewis Evans, in January 2011. With bases in both London and the West Country, Mr Evans dominant use of the car was Touring and he commissioned bespoke luggage to go with the car. Two hard cases are complimented by two soft bags which all together fit the boot space - maximising the available storage, two larger soft bags were made to fit on the rear seats. All made in Bridge of Weir leather in Parliament Green with Moonstone to match the interior trim, they were further personalised with the chassis number of the car. In addition there were certain areas of personalisation of the interior carried out in this period. However, the two years that it took to make this wonderful luggage saw the arrival of children and the curtailing of the touring! Still unused and still fabulous this luggage set adds to the value of this car. Thecar was registered in Mr Evans' company name in March 2014 and was acquired by the current owner, an Aston enthusiast well known to Byron International, in November 2017. So, whist the registration document notes 3 previous owners plus the current owner, only two owners actually owned the car before 2017. A great service history accompanies the car.

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  • RefCode: TA1183124
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB6
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,969
  • Mileage (Miles): 3,577
  • Mileage (KM): 5,756
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

After rejecting proposals for a replacement for the DB5 from Touring of Milan, the decision was made by Aston Martin to focus on their own development car, registered, 4 YMC. Testing it in a wind tunnel for the first time in February 1965, showed the need for work to counteract the test car's rear end lift. So the final development phases saw a DB5 chassis, suitably lengthened and titled MP219, with a rear spoiler and abbreviated Kamm tail that Aston Martin had previously incorporated in sports racers. The decision was made to progress MP 219 as the Aston Martin DB6 although its de Dion rear axle was replaced with a live axle on cost grounds. So the new car, announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965, had a wheelbase extended by 3.75 inches with the extra inserted just ahead of the rear wheel arches and this allowed the roofline to be raised by an inch, while a further two inches of headroom was gained by reworking the seat squabs. Reducing the length of the trailing arms on the rearsuspension, gave more elbow room at the back. The seat shapes were changed to give greater shoulder and lumbar support while the dashboard changed only with the size and layout of individual dials. Externally, however, horizontally slatted grille beneath the number plate allowed better air flow to the oil cooler and visual symmetry of the new arrangement was maintained with a split bumper at the front that was mirrored at the rear of the car. Mechanically, the car was very similar to the Aston Martin DB5 with 3 SU carburettors fitted as standard. There were a number of items that a customer could specify at no extra cost - a Powr-Lok limited slip differential and chrome wire wheels. An electric aerial was fitted as standard, although the radio, which would be a customer choice, was considered an extra and was charged accordingly. Summary:; The market appetite for DB6 is undiminished and this car offers a rare and exciting opportunity for any enthusiast or collector. Its upgrade to 4.7 litre ensuresthat the new owner will have no problems coping with modern road conditions and, arriving on the market with a value for money price tag reflecting today's marketplace, we do not expect the car to remain in stock for very long. Vehicle History; This lovely car was first registered in August of 1969 and we are grateful for previous owners for their attempts to establish the full history of the car. A copy of the original log book shows the first two owners - sadly legibility does not allow clear identification of the first owner, suffice to say it was a business who sold the car in April 1975 to a John Aldridge of Swansea. The DVLA have revealed a clearer history since 1977 when a Kenneth Mills of Oldham is recorded as owner then in April 1985, it was sold to a Denis Burke. He kept the car just 2 years before there was a rapid turnover within three days first to Peter Kirsten of Ashton under Lyne and then to a Simon Evans - one suspects that this was a trade exchange. In March of 1988, James Croninof Romford acquired the car selling it in August the same year to Antonia Owen of Evesham and 5 years on, she sold it and it was acquired by a Warren Bingham of Sutton Coldfield through the services of Aston Specialist Four Ashes Garage. Judging by the service records that we have, the condition of the car at that stage would probably be described as 'needing attention' and the service records demonstrate the work done to bring the car up to scratch. She was acquired by the current enthusiastic owner in October 2008and his attention to the car included a 2013 visit to Aston Martin doyen, RS Williams where the car received an upgrade to RSW 4.7 litre performance whist the rest of the car received the attention to other areas to ensure safe delivery of that performance

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  • RefCode: TA1182455
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB4
  • Derivative: Series II
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,960
  • Mileage (Miles): 18,694
  • Mileage (KM): 30,085
  • Colour: Green
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

As the original iteration of the Superleggera design from Touring, the DB4 remains one of the best loved examples of this classic design. With a traceable ownership history and long-term family ownership, presented in a popular and classic colour combination, this is a great opportunity for any enthusiast to add one of the best to their collection.

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  • RefCode: TA1182457
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: VOLANTE
  • Derivative: V8 Volante LWB
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,999
  • Mileage (Miles): 32,515
  • Mileage (KM): 52,327
  • Colour: Blue
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

A great example of the marque, this car has proved that regular servicing assures performance, enjoyment and reliability. From a build run of just 64 cars, this Long Wheelbase Volante, one of the very last of the hand-built Astons, offers true four-seater luxury cruising. With a clear ownership history from new, an immaculate service history, a popular and appropriate specification, this Volante offers any Aston Martin enthusiast probably the best example of this rare car on the market today.

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  • RefCode: TA1183125
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB6
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,970
  • Mileage (Miles): 28,392
  • Mileage (KM): 45,692
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The roots of the DB6 can be found back in 1960 when Tadek Marek cut the platform chassis of a DB4 ahead of the heel board and inserted a new 3.75 inch (92mm) section of metalwork with the intention of creating a car that would carry four rather than two adults. This car entitled DP/200/1 and registered 4 YMC became a development workhorse for the DB5 replacement. Aston Martin rejected their Touring's design proposals and focussed back on 4 YMC testing it in a wind tunnel for the first time in February 1965. That showed the need for work to counteract the test car's rear end lift. So the final development phases saw a DB5 chassis, suitably lengthened and titled MP219, with a rear spoiler and abbreviated Kamm tail that Aston Martin had previously incorporated in sports racers. The decision was made to progress MP 219 as the Aston Martin DB6 although its de Dion rear axle was replaced with a live axle on cost grounds. So, the new car had a wheelbase extended by 3.75 inches with the extra inserted justahead of the rear wheel arches and this allowed the roofline to be raised by an inch, while a further two inches of headroom was gained by reworking the seat squabs. Reducing the length of the trailing arms on the rear suspension, gave more elbow room at the back and Aston Martin offered reassurances that rubber bushes ensured no loss of road holding. The seat shapes were changed to give greater shoulder and lumber support while the dashboard changed only with the size and layout of individual dials. Externally, however, horizontally slatted grille beneath the number plate allowed better air flow to the oil cooler and visual symmetry of the new arrangement was maintained with a split bumper at the front that was mirrored at the rear of the car. Mechanically, the Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 was little changed from its predecessor although power steering was now standardised and the 9 inch Borg & Beck clutch plate was replaced with a 10 inch version. The most obvious visual indicator for this model camefrom reactions to comparisons between the DB6 and Aston Martin's new kid on the block, the William Towns designed DBS. The DBS had been originally conceived to accept Aston Martin's new V8 engine and the width to accommodate it. Some said the DBS was too wide and others that the DB6 was too narrow. Therefore, for purely cosmetic reasons, on the DB6 Mark 2, Aston Martin replaced the 6.70-15 tyres with the DBS's fatter 8.15-15 Avons. To accept these new tyres the DB6 Mark 2 had distinctive flared wheel arches although this increase in body width is studiously ignored by all documentation on the model. Of the 240 DB6 Mk2 Saloons, AE Brico fuel-injection system was fitted to forty-six cars. However, for whatever reason, maybe lack of development, the fuel injection was difficult to live with and The Works Service Department and other specialists converted most to carburation, and as they shared the same high compression cylinder head and cam shaft as the Vantage the same 45 DCOE Weber carburettors werefitted and hence wear the Vantage badge. In the 35 years specialising in the Astron Martin marque, we have only found one DB6 Mk2 still fitted with the AE Brico Fuel Injection. Summary:; There remains huge demand for Touring's Superleggera Aston Martins with the DB6 Mark 2 model probably being the rarest standard models and probably the most sought after. DB6MK2FI/4231/R has a clear ownership history and is presented in outstanding condition with its exceptional and original interior, presented in Vantage specification with a cracking and classic colour combination, she is one for a collector or anyone who wants to truly enjoy the pride of ownership of a classic Aston. Vehicle History; Chassis 4231 is one of those 46 cars, evidenced by the matching chassis and engine numbers and was constructed by the factory with a ZF 5 speed manual gearbox, Radiomobile radio, twin seat belts and what was, by then, standard power steering. We are grateful for the efforts of previous owners who have researched itshistory from its early times under the stewardship of Robin Hamilton, a leading proponent of Aston Martin and an active racer with a CV that included racing with Aston Martin at Le Mans both with a highly developed DBSV8 and the famous Nimrod Group C entrant. The next owner was a Rupert Philips and it was great to recently reacquaint him with his old car - he owned the car from1972 to 1976. He told us that he purchased the car from Robin Hamilton for 3,000 with money lent to him by his aunt! He added that he had a local Aston Martin specialist called Martin Allen in Taunton change the colour to Tudor Green Metallic, as used on the V8 model range. This was completed with 19 coats of paint completing the transformation from the original Platinum White. They also to changed the Brico FI for Weber carburettors. He used to use the car for regular trips to Doncaster and back from his West Country home and, having previously owned an earlier DB6 Vantage, he found 4231 more stable and sure footed on theroad. A copy of the last of the old log books shows that the car moved to Worthing with a John Dyer in 1976 moving with him to Arundel in 1978 before being acquired by William Baxter in Bournemouth in April of 1981, The DVLA records show the next recorded keeper was Paradise Garage who acquired the car as stock before selling it to a Patrick Embrick. In 1988, records show that the car changed hands through the services of Aston specialist, Hyde Vale Garage to Mark Miller when the mileage was recorded as just 26,962. The mileage recorded at the car's most recent MOT test in July 2019 was 28,274 and there is a letter on file from Mr Miller to the DVLA dated 26th November 2013 that the car had not been used on a highway since 1989, confirming a SORN status over a 24-year period. In 1996, Alscot Garage in Warwickshire replaced the sills and outriggers (a critically important step for the whole range of Superleggera Astons), painted the car, and the quality of their work can be judged by the concourscondition of the body and paintwork today. The interior of the car is both pristine and, quite remarkably, original including the leather, carpets, headlining and even the driver's heel pad. The exterior appearance is stunning with exceptional panel fit, both doors close effortlessly and fit precisely in their apertures. This outstanding car is presented with an original and unmarked Owner's Instruction Book, together with a full tool kit, jack and hammer, and comprehensive History File.

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