1967 Aston Martin DB6

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/3141/R
Engine Num: 400/3198

During the production lifespan of the Aston Martin DB6, there were only 1504 examples produced. It was announced at the London Motor Show in October of 1965. In comparison to its predecessor, the DB5, the DB6 grew in size with its wheelbase expandi....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

This DB6 Volante is equipped with Aston Martin's 4-liter, 6-cylinder, DOHC engine with 3 SU carburetors, developing 325 horsepower, coupled to a ZF 5-speed gear box and rare factory air conditioning.....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB63364R

In the late 1950s, Aston Martin was still a small, highly exclusive car manufacturer that produced less than 250 hand-built cars per year. Their clientele was an exclusive base of discerning connoisseurs of grand touring motor cars, many who were att....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2834/L/N
Engine Num: 400/2814

This DB6 Coupe is an original left-hand drive, optioned from the factory with air conditioning. It is painted in a shade of Silver Birch and rides on chrome wire wheels. Since new, it has been given a quality restoration that was completed some time ....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2722/L
Engine Num: 400/2697/V

The Aston Martin DB6 was introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show and was the ultimate development of touring-designed sports saloons that began with the DB4 in 1958. It had the front fascia of the DB5 with a race-bred Kamm tail and a long wheelbase.....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2832/L/N
Engine Num: 400/2826

This Aston Martin DB6 is an original LHD example that was delivered new on January 25th of 1967 to Richard Blauner, the president of Richard Blauner Inc. on Manhattan's Seventh Avenue. Local agent J.S. Inskip was responsible for the order and supplie....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: DBVC/3635/R

The DB6 was an evolution of the iconic Aston Martin DB5. The new Volante used the same extended wheelbase of the DB6 coupe on a strengthened chassis. This 3.75-inch stretch, created for the first time in a postwar Aston, had real, usable room in the ....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2625/LN
Engine Num: 400/3345
Gearbox Num: 10116

The early left-hand-drive DB6 was originally delivered on March 29th of 1966 to a French individual. After just 811 kilometers, the DB6 was brought back to the Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. As reflected on the new data plate, the engine was ....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2803/LN
Engine Num: 400/2794/V

The Aston Martin DB6 Mark 1 was introduced in 1965 and produced until 1969. In Vantage tune, the Tadek Marek-designed inline six-cylinder engine offered 325 horsepower. The Touring of Milan's coachwork had a restyled rear section in folded steel rath....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2770/LN

Aston Martin produced just 1,575 DB6 Coupes along two distinct series between September 1966 and January 1971. This example is an original left-hand drive North American Export model, built on June 3, 1966. Eight days later, it was sent to J.S. Inski....[continue reading]

1967 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Shooting Brake
Coachwork: Radford

Chassis Num: DB6/S/2688/L
Engine Num: 400/2613

The history of the Aston Martin 'shooting Brake' station wagon begins with a story involving David Brown, chairman of Aston, who entered a board meeting one day with his hunting dogs. With several of his engineers in attendance, Mr. Brown said 'Build....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/3141/R 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB63364R 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2834/L/N 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2722/L 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2832/L/N 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: DBVC/3635/R 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2625/LN 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2803/LN 
Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2770/LN 
Shooting Brake by Radford
Chassis #: DB6/S/2688/L 

History

Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin created the Aston Martin Company in 1913 for the sole purpose of racing. They built a car which sat atop an Isotta-Fraschini chassis. The name of the company was in honor to the Aston Clinton Hillclimb race combined with Lionel Martin's surname. After World War One they created their own cars which quickly gained a reputation for reliability and speed by setting many speed records. In 1924 the company was taken over by new ownership, which began a series of ownership changes for the company that lasted for many years.

After World War Two, the company was in financial distress and production was slow to resume. David Brown purchased the company in 1947, also purchased the Lagonda automobile company. Though his financial support brought the company back into existence, it was his charismatic designs that are responsible for its longevity and success. The DB series, David Browns initials, first appearing in 1957 are some of the most memorable and skillfully crafted designs of all time. They offered superior handling and power than most of their competitors. The aluminum body panels of the DB4 were part of the reason they were given the 'supperleggera' name, meaning superlight.

The DB6 was produced for a short period of time, lasting from 1965 through 1970 with only 1327 examples being created. They are the climax of David Brown's expression of a gentleman's ultimate touring motor car.

The DB6 was given styling cues from the DB4GT and DB5 but sat atop a chassis that had been extended by 3.75 inches to give extra room for the rear passengers. The DB5's followed the success of the DB4's and featured similar body work as the 2 door, 4 seater Saloon. Under the hood of the DB5 was a six-cylinder engine of 3995 cc displacement and capable of producing over 280 horsepower. The Vantage option increased the output rating to 314 bhp. Most of the DB5s featured a new ZF five-speed transmission. Unlike the DB4's, the DB5's were equipped with Electric windows and Selectaride type Armstrong Dampers. These were luxuries, but they also increased the weight of the vehicle and decreasing the overall performance. The zero-to-sixty time was 8.1 seconds with the top speed being in the neighborhood of 143 mph.

Instead of using a gracefully rounded DB5 tail, the DB6 now featured a rear spoiler. 1966 was the final year for Carrozzeria bodied Aston Martins. Instead of utilizing assembly lines, the Aston Martins were hand built. The specialized process of creating a vehicle took around 2900 man-hours, thus the low production figures.

A 4 liter six-cylinder engine could be found under the hood. The Vantage option included three twin-choke Weber 45DCOE9 carburetors and produced 325 horsepower. Top speed was just under 150 mph while zero-to-sixty took just 6.2 seconds. A five speed manual gearbox was standard as was the limited slip differential. The vehicle was suspended by an independent front suspension with coil springs and shocks. Stopping power was provided by disc brakes located on all four wheels. The interior continued the appeal of sophistication with Connolly leather and Wilton wool seats.

The DB6 was the final phase of evolution for the DB series. It is the pinnacle of style and performance and encompasses both form and function. The lightweight body, aggressive stance, potent engine, and perfectly tuned suspension continued the Aston Martin racing heritage without sacrificing care or comfort. It is the ultimate gentleman's sport car.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006

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