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The Aston Martin DB6 is billed by auction house boss Mark Stacey as “a genuine barn find in the real sense of the expression”.

He adds: “Twenty-five years ago, when the world was a simpler place and cars such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati et al were still being used as every-day cars, the owner of this particular 1966 DB6 thought it was time to refresh the paint. After removing the engine, which was running at the time, it was pushed into his barn, the chrome work removed and there it stayed, slowly disappearing further into the murk until now.”

The car is estimated at £180,000-220,000 in the Stacey’s sale in Rayleigh.

This Aston Martin is a right-hand drive car and an ‘automatic’. Automatics are much less ‘sporting’ than the manual (three gears as opposed to five in the manual) and a bit heavier. More than 1500 DB6s were built and about half were autos. The DB6 was produced from September 1965 to January 1971.

It will no doubt need a lot of money spent on the restoration – but it’s not every day a true barn find Aston Martin DB6 appears.

007 DB5

Bond's Aston Martin was a 1964 DB5. In October 2010 it was reported that the DB5 which featured in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball, with revolving licence plates, ejector seat and bullet-proof shield, was bought by an American collector for £2.6m at a London auction.

The buyer, Harry Yeaggy, intended to display it at a car museum in Ohio.

According to the BBC at the time: "It is the only surviving example of two Aston Martins used in the early Bond films, after the other was reported stolen in 1997.

"Bond's creator Ian Fleming had originally envisaged his British spy in a Bentley, but the Aston Martin was preferred by film-makers for its enthralling combination of Italian design and British engineering."

The DB5 was produced from 1963-65. The DB series was named in honour of Sir David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin from 1947-72.