Clearly evolved from the DB4 and DB5, the new model was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965.
'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