Clearly evolved from the DB4 and DB5, the new model was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965.
The most noticeable styling changes on DB6 were the Kamm tail rear spoiler, which improved high speed stability, the split front and rear bumpers; a redesigned oil cooler aperture in the front valance, a higher roof line (136 cm) and longer wheelbase (258.5 cm), 9.5 cm more than DB5, giving an overall length of 462 cm. The increase of space in the rear made DB6 a more practical family proposition.
'Volante' is born
The last thirty-seven DB5 chassis were used in conjunction with some DB6 design cues to build the desirable Aston Martin Volante (often called Short-Chassis Volante), completed between October 1965 and October 1966. This was indeed the first Aston Martin convertible to be called a ‘Volante’ – a derivation of the Italian word for ‘flying’.
DB6 was a highly fashionable car to be seen in, famous owners included HRH Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Twiggy and Peter Sellers.
DB6 for a Friend
At a business function in London in 1968, David Brown was approached by an old contact and friend, who asked him if it would be possible as a favour to purchase a new DB6 at cost price. David Brown replied that he would be delighted to oblige, and several days later the friend received an invoice for £1000 more than the published list price for the car. Embellished story or not, it is certainly true that in this era, craftsmanship took priority over profit.
£ 4,998 (Saloon), £ 4,194 (Volante)
ZF 5-speed overdrive manual or Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic
Girling servo assisted brakes with front and rear solid discs
1468 kg (Saloon), 1466 kg (Volante)
0 – 60 mph:
DOHC Straight six, 3995 cc, 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm 280 lbs-ft @ 4500 rpm
Front: Telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar Rear: Helical coil springs with double acting lever arm shock absorbers
4620 x 1680 x 1320 mm