First Aston Martin DB6 Vantage restored to glory after 30 years languishing in garage


Aston Martin DB6 Vantage is now worth £500,000 after being put in storage in 1976 and forgotten about until 2014 when it was bought by classic car enthusiast John Cook

The restored car is worth £500,000
The restored car is worth £500,000

The first Aston Martin DB6 Vantage ever made has been restored to its former glory after it spent 30 years languishing in a garage.

The incredibly rare time capsule, that is now worth £500,000, was the first to leave the production line in September 1965.

The show car toured for 17,000 miles across the country and was used by the carmakers to advertise their state-of-the-art creation.

But after its star-studded first years, the Aston passed into private hands and was put in storage in 1976 where it was left to fall apart.

The Vantage was forgotten about until 2014 when it was bought by classic car enthusiast John Cook at an auction.

The motor under repair


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He spent a whopping £300,000 on an extensive restoration project, returning the car to its factory condition with Fiesta red paintwork and black leather interior.

It even includes original copies of magazine reviews, its parts catalogue, instruction book, owner logbook, and test certificates.

Charles Ramsey, owner of Classic Connection in Burley, Hants, where the car has ben consigned for sale, said it was the ‘rarest DB6 in existence’.

The sleek pioneer Aston on show at garage


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He said: “The most impressive thing about this car is that it was the first DB6 Vantage – and only the third DB6 – ever to leave the production line.

“It was used as a factory demonstration for advertisements and magazine reviews making it very rare to a collector.

“The car has been fully restored to its original Fiesta red and all its specifications compared to others of its kind which were often changed.

The hot 4-litre engine


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“The history file includes magazine reviews of the car, its owner logbook, instruction book, and factory build sheets.

“It’s a blessing this piece of Aston Martin history was discovered after lying dormant and restored to such a remarkable degree”.

Mr Cook handed the motor over to Aston Services Dorset, the officially-appointed restorers of vintage Astons, for the restoration project.

Only 1,788 DB6s were made at the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, Bucks, between 1965 and 1970.

The Vantage variant came out in 1966 but only 71 models were made.

The Vantages, which offered a more powerful performance, were even more exclusive.

They had a 4.0-litre straight six-cylinder engine that could deliver 325bhp compared 282bhp that standard DB6s had.

Mr Cook, 56, who is also from Burley, said: “Cars from this period often got to the stage where their value dropped and owners forgot about them which seems to have been the case with this one.

“When I bought it, it was in a serious state of disrepair and I gave it to Aston Services Dorset to undergo a £300,000 restoration.

“It is such a special car which is so perfect and I want to give it to someone else to enjoy.

“I’ve got another project in mind so I needed to clear the decks to get myself ready for it.

“I have a real passion for finding old things and bringing them back to how they originally were.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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