‘If you want a truly British driver’s car, the ultimate development of a continuous line of thoroughbreds from the Vintage era to the present day, there is nothing in quite the same field as the Aston.’ – Motor on the DB6, 26th November 1966.
Last-of-the-line models are always sought after by discerning collectors and few are more highly prized that the final flowering of the glorious ‘David Brown’ six-cylinder series, considered by many to be the last of the ‘real’ Aston Martins. Culmination of this long-running line of ‘DB’ sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. Recognizably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. The wheelbase was now 4” longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle 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.
‘The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,’ revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested.
‘The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have thought that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.’
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. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.
The DB6 on offer today is finished in opalescent blue with a complementary matching blue leather interior. The subject of a bare metal restoration which finished in 2015, this car has formed part of a significant collection from the South of England and has been wonderfully cared for.
Photographs of the restoration are supplied in the car’s history file. During the restoration the car was also mechanically overhauled, and today it is presented in excellent condition throughout. Fitted with automatic transmission and power steering, this DB6 is a delight to drive. The car will be supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT which expires in July of this year. Viewing is strongly recommended to appreciate fully the high quality of workmanship carried out on this highly desirable DB6.
The popularity of Aston Martins continues to reach new peaks as more and more collectors are discovering the usability and comfort of the creations of Newport Pagnell. This DB6 is a wonderful opportunity to join an elite club of Aston Martin owners.