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1965 Aston Martin DB6

  • 1965 Aston Martin DB6
  • Restored 2009
  • Original buff log book
  • Extensive history

A copy of the original build sheet for this car shows that it was delivered to the dealer, Arnold G Wilson, on 1st December 1965 and registered to its first keeper on 6th January 1966 under the registration number NGU 195 D. Supplied in Pacific Blue with Grey trim, the records show that the car was originally supplied as an automatic and the only extra was a power aerial.

A duplicate of the original green folding log book, issued by the Corporation of Glasgow, records two of the subsequent owners- Charles Fleming and Clive Richardson. Subsequent to that, there is correspondence on file between a Trevor Ward and the local vehicle licensing centre in the first half of 1986. The content of the letters suggests that the car had been off the road for some time and the registration number had lapsed. Because of this, later registration documents note a registration date for the car of 3rd September 1986 under the registration number, HKR 391D.

The car remained in the ownership of Mr Ward until 2007 when the car was acquired by its current owner, a proprietor of a business in the South of England that the Classic Car Directory describes as being involved in the restoration, modification, race preparation welding and fabrication of Aston Martins, Jaguars and other Classic Cars.

Acquired as an ideal restoration project for the proprietor’s own use, the car was then described as totally unrestored and consequently lacking the usual plethora of tacked on repairs to MOT standards!

The chassis was restored by them to the original Aston Martin specification with all welds and panels correct to original specification.

The body restoration was undertaken from the underbelly of the car and when finished, the body was treated with cavity wax and coated with Wurth Schutz. The paint and bodywork, in classic Silver Birch, was contracted to a top coachworks, SAR Limited, and further enhanced by new stainless steel bumpers.

The specialists tackled the rest of the mechanical work and the engine was rebuilt using new pistons, rings and liners. The brakes and suspension were reconditioned to new standard and a Harvey Bailey handling kit fitted. This handling work was complimented by the fitment of new 6 x 15 MWS Stainless Steel Wire Wheels with the ultimate classic performance tyres- Avon CR6ZZ.

As you would expect of a performance enthusiast, the automatic gearbox was replaced with a Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox with a standard DB gear lever. A negative earth conversion completed the mechanical overhaul. The choice of gearbox was based on the unit’s similarity to the original factory specified F box but having smoother gear change characteristics while retaining the correct ratios.

The finish of the under bonnet area was important in terms of both performance and appearance. Oil pressure, performance and sound are as they should be while the concealed transistor ignition is hidden away in the distributor itself. The whole under bonnet area was then detailed for a concours appearance to match the performance.

On the interior, the original leather was in excellent condition and was lightly restored, the headlining was replaced and the Wilton carpets leather bound for durability and good looks.

The dashboard was dismantled and refinished in the correct black pearl while instruments were overhauled and the glove box retrimmed.

 

 

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