Aston Martin DB6 Volante
November 2015 - July 2017
November 2015 - July 2017
Our client purchased this Aston Martin DB6 Volante from Stephen Marks, the founder of the French Connection retail company in 2015 who some believe had bought it new but it appears that is incorrect, he was the 2nd person to own the car before our client bought it from him. It came into us in various shades of Masons Black, not the original colour it now appears either, having had a partial restoration sometime in the 90’s.
We began by taking measurements of all the panel gaps and how each panel fits to the next then logging all the information for future reference before removing all external fittings including bumpers, grille, lights, door fittings and glass etc. and then documenting all components removed for replacement / overhaul etc.
All external paintwork was then removed by a DA Sander exposing problem areas that needed addressing before other key stages of the restoration process could be carried out but also exposing traces of Amethyst in practically every area that was tricky to get to, it was everywhere which led the owner to dig into it's history.
A considerable amount of labour went into the removal of seriously corroded structural areas. After these areas were taken care of the underside was epoxy primed for corrosion protection, all joints and seams sealed with a polyurethane sealer then a two pack polyurethane anti stone chip coating was applied. The exterior panel alignment stage was then taken care of including fitting of new door skins.
The exterior was then levelled for the shaping stage of the process. Polyester primer was applied to the car after levelling then some 350 hours of labour went into preparation and painting to give us the result we have now. A truly stunning car back to original colour Amethyst.
The car was shown at Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance in August 2017 where it received a lot attention for its fit and finish and its 'brave', opinion splitting colour choice, most were won over when informed it was the cars factory colour. The pictures below are chronological from masons black beginnings to Hampton Court Concours of Elegance.
Since Hampton Court we have had it back to completely overhaul the front and rear suspension, refinishing it in Satin Black Polyurethane 2k and fitting many new parts including running all new brake lines in polished kunifer pipe and brass fittings.
It was entered at the 2018 AMOC Spring Concours at Englefield House and also the 2019 AMOC Spring Concours at Wormsley Manor where numerous complimentary images pop up on social media sites.
Sadly it has now been sold and awaits a new owner to enjoy it.
Update as of 2021, it has been sold and the 1 of 1 Amethyst is no longer, dissapointingly it is now Black again..
I wonder if it is back in the hands of Stephen Marks?
Here’s a link to a video of the work we carried out on the car on our YouTube channel too.
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