Rare Aston Martin DB6 to go under the hammer
A RARE Aston Martin – one of just a handful produced – is expected to sell for between £500,000 and £750,000 when it goes up for auction.
The 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Volante Vantage is an exceptionally rare car and the example up for sale by Barons at Sandown Park on July 28 is also highly original. The beautiful and unspoilt machine is in extremely original condition, says the auctioneer, and bears the ‘inimitable patina of age’. Even the power hood is thought to be the original one fitted to the car.
One of just 29 ever made, it is believed to be the final such Volante Vantage built. Chassis number DBVC-3738R has been in the same ownership since 1981 and is now used only rarely – and only in the dry. It carries an estimate of £500,000-£750,000. This model rarely comes to market and particularly not in such original condition.
Not surprisingly, the car has already caused something of a stir in Aston Martin circles, with Barons receiving enquiries and many early bidding registrations from potential buyers worldwide.
Barons’ director Tony Cavell said: “We are very excited to have the remarkable Aston Martin consigned to the sale and the reaction has already been outstanding, with a significant amount of interest shown in the car. “It comes after our successful June sale, where some 75 per cent of the lots on offer found new homes, including the XK120 restoration project, with strong prices achieved across the board”. “And, of course, in April we achieved the highest price we have achieved to date for a car, when the extremely rare 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback restoration project sold for over £739,000.”
Other notable lots listed at the sale include the unique Offord-bodied 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Coupe de Ville – estimated at £35,000-£50,000 – and the rare 1929 Renault 6NN Torpedo, up at £9,000-£12,000. The sale also includes one of the original ‘hot hatches’ – a 1987 Ford Escort RS Turbo. According to the vendor, apart from the upgraded Scorpion stainless steel exhaust, the car is 100 per cent original and still has the stereo and cassette holder it was equipped with in the factory.
Its estimate is £5,000-£7,000.