3,995cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple SU Carburetors
282bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed ZF Manual Transmission
Independent Front with Live Rear Axle Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Well optioned, U.S. delivered example
*Original left-hand drive and with the desirable ZF 5-speed
*Documented by copies of its factory build records
*Beautifully presented British motoring
THE ASTON MARTIN DB6
"Stage by stage, as the DB has become dominant in the Aston Martin strain, the successive cars have changed their image. Today the aim is to offer the maximum of luxury and refinement as well as the ultimate in road performance. The minor barbarities of so many great sports cars of the past are no longer acceptable – at least in the hand built models now leaving Newport Pagnell. Obviously such a car as the DB6 is expensive and exclusive but the value matches the price.' – Autocar, 1966.
As one might imagine, Autocar found much to commend in the DB6 Vantage, remaking on the car's much improved handling, outstanding adhesion and exceptionally good braking figures. A mean maximum speed of 148mph was achieved, while the standing quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds was the fastest the magazine had recorded for a four-seater. At 120mph the Aston was as effortlessly relaxed as other powerful cars at 80mph. "For high-speed open-road touring this Vantage DB6 is practically ideal," enthused Autocar's scribe, and few would disagree.
The 4.0-liter DOHC engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburetor form but the Vantage specification unit with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a mighty 325bhp. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, 'Selectaride' driver-adjustable damping was standard, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering available. Saloon production totaled 1,327 units, including seven shooting brake conversions by Harold Radford.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
According to copies of factory build records, this DB6 was ordered new through British Motor Car Distributors for an unnamed purchaser. Finished from the factory Charcoal Grey over Red Connolly hides, options included 3.73:1 limited slip differential, Normalair air conditioning, chrome wheels, rear window defroster, radio housing and power antenna, Fiam horns with change over switch, 3-ear knock off wheels,, dual Britax three point seatbelts, and 7 pints of antifreeze. The Aston was completed and delivered on December 21, 1965.
The early history of the car beyond that is unknown although a Georgia state registration sticker from 1972-3 still graces the windscreen and the car appeared in the Aston Martin Owner's Club registry in 2005 with G. Rauch and was acquired in 2007 by Yorktown, Virginia enthusiast John Hastings. Acquired by the present owner on December 27, 2010, it was described at the time of purchase as "for total restoration" and showing an indicated 43,086 miles.
Shortly after purchase, the Aston appears to have received a complete interior retrim in lipstick red leather. The red retrim covered not just the seats, but the doors, dash, carpets, shift boot, steering wheel—basically anything that wasn't made of plastic, wood, or chrome. A set of modern, power mirrors were fitted to the doors while a modern air conditioning system was installed under the hood red-wrapped center console vent system and HVAC/power mirror control unit. The paint is older with plenty of chips and evidence of overspray—likely predating the purchase of the car by at least a decade. Despite the cosmetic work, one a single mile has been added to the odometer, indicated it has been on static display since purchase. Ready for recommissioning and a repaint, this Aston will one day make a fabulous touring car.