1966 Aston Martin DB6 (Vantage)
Aston Martin has produced bespoke sports cars for over 100 years. The company began in 1913, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford realised their desire to build distinctive, high quality sports cars that were both exhilarating to drive and a beauty to behold. Martin regularly competed in hill climb races at Aston Clinton, and a simple combination of the name of the event and the driver gave birth to one of the most famous automotive marques. Source: www.astonmartin.com
Whilst Aston Martin produced some wonderful cars in their early years business was always a struggle and the company was severely disrupted during both World War I and II. The company went bankrupt on more than one occasion and has endured many different owners throughout its history.
David Brown acquired Aston Martin in February 1947 and the first car produced during his ownership was the Aston Martin 2 Litre Sports, later known as the DB1, which was built in extremely limited numbers from 1948 to 1950. This was succeeded by the Aston Martin DB2 in 1950, which featured a new double overhead cam straight six engine of 2.6 litre (2580 cc) capacity, and was a car that really put post war Aston Martin on the map. The David Brown era was arguably Aston Martin’s finest with the company winning LeMans in 1959 and the sixties producing the legendary DB4, DB5 and DB6 models.
Aston Martin launched the DB6 at the 1965 London Motor Show. This was the final evolution of the DB4 based models and it was effectively built on a lengthened DB5 chassis to ensure the car could seat four adults. Externally the front of the DB6 is similar to its predecessors, however, in profile and from the rear the car is easily identifiable by way of its spoiler and Kamm tail. Mechanically the DB6 is similar to the DB5.
The February 2012 issue of Octane magazine ran a feature article on the Aston Martin DB6. To quote Keith Adams:
” . . . the DB6 is the best, most complete all round DB4 based model of them all. And right now, thanks to the vagaries of fashion and logic, it’s also the most attainable. How long can this situation remain?”
” . . . the DB6, the end of its line and the most evolved version, really ought to be the most desirable of them all. That it also offers potentially the greatest scope for investment makes one seem like an irresistible proposition.”
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a very unique 1966 Aston Martin DB6 MkI. This factory right hand drive example was delivered new into the UK and it has been in Australia for most of its life.
The car was restored in the 1990’s and its then owner wanted to give his DB6 ‘an edge’. The car was inspired by the look of the Project DP214 cars of the early 1960’s and this DB6 was restored without bumpers and some external trim. The engine was rebuilt to Vantage specifications and it now runs triple Weber carburettors. There were also a number of subtle modifications made to the car to improve its drivability and safety. A key objective was to reduce the weight of the car and around 90kg has been removed from the original mass. The suspension and steering has also been upgraded and the car runs oversize wire wheels fitted with 225 65R15 tyres on the front and 255 65R15 tyres on the rear. The car runs a modern air conditioning system that blows ice cold.
This car is offered for sale from one of Australia’s prominent collectors.
More information and photos to follow soon.
Price: AUD $525,000.
- Aston Martin DB6
- 84734 miles