Chassis Number: DB6/4068/R
Engine Number: 400/4250
UK Registration Number: MMA 44 H
Date of first reg: 1st August 1969
Exterior colour: Dark Grey Metallic
Interior colour: Red Leather
Current Odometer reading: 3,577
Options: 4.7 litre RS Williams Upgrade, Chrome Wire Wheels, Power Assisted Steering
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 rear suspension, 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.
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 today’s marketplace, we do not expect the car to remain in stock for very long.
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 Cronin of 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
03.06.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Sale of car to Warren Bingham and estimate for works on car
04.07.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Workshop Manual and Parts Catalogue
09.07.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Seals for doors, windows and quarter lights, boot and bonnet. Gasket set, inlet and exhaust valves, guides springs and washers
22.07.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Badges, lamps, side and head lights, warning lamps, interior lamps, Front and Rear brake pads, calipers. Engine mounts, steering rack gaiters, road springs, suspension bushes etc
08.08.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Fluid reservoirs, cam cover nuts, heater blower motors, HT leads, oil filter
13.10.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Headlight cover seals engine damper mountings, caliper seals, manifold and pipe joints, spark plugs, condenser, points. Pressure tests on cylinder head for conversion to unleaded
06.11.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Badges, check straps, wiper switch, light switch, chassis plate etc. Ball joints, lock nuts rear lamps
13.01.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Four Ashes Garage
Bolts, pins, gaiters, springs, track rod ends, caliper bolts, bearings and bearing seats
01.06.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Burlen Fuel Systems
Float lid assembly and cork seals
31.01.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Holden Vintage & Classic
Warning lamp and brake lamp switch
14.03.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: The UK Hide Co
Smooth Red hide
12.04.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Quickfit SBS
Seat belt quotation
16.04.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Parts & Performance
Window lift kits, regulators, brackets and relays
27.09.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Parts & Performance
Ignition lead set, distributor and spark plugs
13.10.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Parts & Performance
02.10.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Engineering
16.10.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Quickfit SBS
Seat belt fittings
19.12.08- Mileage: 01,378- Service Agent: Aston London Service
Check alternator adjustment, drain radiator and remove bonnet, remove hoses, cowl and fan to access PAS pump and alternator bracket, repair cracked mounting, fit front plate to PAS pump, fit pulley, fit alternator to bracket and refit to cylinder block – refit all items
27.01.09- Mileage: 01,401- Service Agent: Aston London Service
Check over for MOT fit new washer motor and battery master switch, supply spare keys and MOT
07.04.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ashley Motor Repairs
Fit new rear springs, modify bump stops, fit new exhaust clamps. Repair gasket and fit new releas3e cable, make good battery cables, investigate radio wiring and adjust carbs. Remove wiring loom and replace with new wiring, remove tachometer and clock for negative earth modification. Remove existing alternator, discard regulator & control unit, fit modified negative earth alternator and wire up. Modify battery cables, modify handbrake warning light and lubricate mechanism. Fit new choke cable and speed o cable, make up new wires from switches to loom, re-assemble dash, fit new radio, fit new distributor and time up as necessary
03.03.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Smith & Hunter
Call out & recovery, replace battery and plugs
19.07.13- Mileage: 01,888- Service Agent: RS Williams
Upgrading engine to 4.7 litre, supplying and fitting 5 x Avon 215/70 CR6ZZ tyres with new rim bands and tubes. Fit new pedal support bracket, overhaul brake master cylinder. New seals to rear quarter lights and new roof finishers and Alcantara headlining, fitting new gear lever, new clutch release mechanism, replacing top wishbone bushes, rebuilding top and bottom kingpins, stripping lower steering column and replacing UK’s, rectifying electrical faults, replace speedo cable, rectify fuel pick up fault, MOT
15.11.19- Mileage: 03,577- Service Agent: Vantage Engineering Ltd
Attend to dashboard covering, Rectify driver’s door electric window, rectify power steering leak, repair body damage to reversing lamp surround, supply key to glove box lid.