The culmination of Aston Martin’s long-running line of ‘DB’ six-cylinder sports saloons and thus considered by many to be the last ‘real’ Aston, the DB6 had been introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the elegant, Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Carrozzeria Touring-developed Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminium outer panels.
Increased rear-seat space was the prime DB6 objective, so the wheelbase was now 4” longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline, and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. These many dimensional changes were integrated most successfully, the DB6’s overall length increasing by only 2”.
Indeed, but for the distinctive Kamm tail one might easily mistake it for a DB5. The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification, complete with triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.
It is an irony that, having brought the original DB4 concept to perfection in the form of the DB6, Aston Martin chose to change direction with the larger DBS and successor V8-engined models. Today the accomplished DB6, despite being the most evolved and practical of the original DB family is also, somewhat paradoxically, the most affordable.
This stunning DB6 has recently undergone an extensive bare metal restoration of which there is a photographic documentation in the history file. The engine was also stripped and rebuilt with the head benefitting from new seats and valves ready for unleaded fuel. The 5-speed ZF gearbox was also sympathetically refurbished and the braking system was overhauled. Presented in a very attractive colour scheme of navy blue with sumptuous tan leather interior, this is a very useable and desirable DB6 that is very attractively priced compared to its younger siblings.