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 has been in Australia for most of its life.
The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate on file confirms this particular example was manufactured on the 17th May 1966 with a date of despatch of the 2nd March 1967. The original dealer is noted as HR Owen Limited, London, UK. The car’s original colour scheme was silver birch with a dark blue interior.
There is a document on file which notes the history of the car from new until 2004. It states that the car is said to be one of three cars taken to Williams & Pritchard Limited for P214 inspired minor bodywork and functional changes in November 1966. This work is said to have been completed in February 1967 and the car was then sold to its first owner.
The car is understood to have come to Australia in the late 1970’s and passed through two owners before being acquired by a passionate Aston Martin enthusiast in 1986. He subsequently dismantled the car in 1991 and completely restored the car. The restoration was completed in 1996. Interestingly its then owner has documented “ . . . the nature of 1966 improvements were discovered and reinstated during the restoration”. Unfortunately, it is not known exactly what was found.
What we do know is that the 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 have 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.
Today this Aston Martin DB6 presents and drives really well. The silver birch paintwork remains in excellent condition with only the odd minor blemish evident. All of the exterior trim, chrome, lenses and glass are also in excellent condition. Inside the cabin everything also presents beautifully. The tan upholstery is in excellent condition and it complements the silver birch paintwork perfectly. Purists will immediately notice the modified centre console, done to accommodate the modern air conditioning system. It is pertinent to note that all of the original interior trim will accompany the car. The interior of this car shows just the slightest amount of patina which is just so ‘typically English’. You call almost smell the leather before you open the door! The engine bay is very clean and well presented.
As with all DB6’s to start the car when cold you need full choke and a few pumps on the accelerator pedal. Turn the turn, push the starter button and the 3996cc 6 cylinder engine bursts to life. Once warm it’s all systems go! What’s immediately apparent is that this is no ordinary DB6. It certainly has an edge and it is a fast car!
Today the odometer reads 84,734 miles.
There is a tool kit, spare wheel, British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, a reasonable history file, workshop manual (copy) and parts manual (copy) that will accompany the car. There are also boxes of the original parts from the restoration.
In summary, this Aston Martin DB6 is unique and we think something special.
- Aston Martin DB6
- 84734 miles