The Aston Martin DB6 Sports Car

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Aston Martin DB6 Mark 1


     The DB5 sports car was produced until late in 1965 by which time a total of 1,023 units had been built, making it one of most popular sports cars from Aston Martin.

     The body styling was by the noted Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, who then submitted proposals for the design of the DB6.

     Unfortunately, this submission was rejected by Aston Martin who felt obliged to concentrate instead on their own version currently under development.

     However, as part of the trials of the proposed new car, it was found that, due to the styling of the fastback, there was a tendency for the rear wheels to lose traction when the car was driven hard.

     This was due to adverse aerodynamics in the rear section, and was overcome by extending the chassis by 3.75 inches, and adding a small spoiler to the rear, which together produced greater stability at high speed.

     Consequently, production of the new two door coupe, designated the Aston Martin DB6 sports car, began in September 1965, and it was duly launched a month later at the London Motor Show.             

     The DB6 differed fundamentally from its predecessor by having a longer wheelbase, split bumpers at both front and rear, and a different profile when viewed from the side.

     The styling of the rear section took its lead from the Ferrari 250 and which, subsequently, proved not in keeping with some of the more tradition customers.

     Additional highlights included:

  • facility to adjust the rear shock absorbers from within the cabin
  • Quarter lights on the front door
  • A different rear light assembly 
  • Raising the roof by 2 inches to improve headroom
  • Rear passenger had more leg room as a result of the longer wheelbase 
  • Chrome wire wheels were standard equipment.

     Optional equipment included power steering, air conditioning, a three speed automatic gearbox, a full-length Webasto sunroof, and a more powerful Vantage engine.

     Unlike the DB5, which used the Superleggera (meaning super light) tubular frame structure patented by its coachbuilder Touring of Milan, the DB6 used the more conventional system of adding the body to a platform frame.

     This system was suited to the DB6's longer wheelbase in which the extended rear section required the additional strength available from a sheet metal frame.

     Interestingly, the DB6 with this alternative structure only weighed 17 pounds more than the DB5.

     A combination of a steel body and frame produced a curb weight of 1474 kg, with disc brakes all round.

     A total of 1,967 DB6's were built, including the Mark 2, Volante, and Shooting Brake variants.                                                                          

                                   1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk. I Vantage                                                                 This 1966-69 variant had a 325 bhp, 4 litre, straight-6                                                     that gave it a top of 150 mph with 0-60 in 8.4 secs. This                                             eye-catching beauty was seen at a Classic Car Show in Surrrey

                                                  Aston Martin DB6


     The DB6 sports car was powered by a 4 litre, Aston Martin, double overhead cam, straight-6 engine, that developed 282 bhp at 5500 rpm, and 295 ft/lbs of torque at 4500 rpm.

     Fitted with a ZF five speed manual gearbox, three SU carburettors, and a compression of 8.9:1, it produced a top speed of 150 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 8.4 secs.

     The more powerful Vantage engine, offered as an optional extra, developed 325 bhp at 5750 rpm, and 295 ft/lbs of torque at 4500 rpm.

     Fitted with three twin choke Weber carburettors, a 9.4:1 compression, improved manifold, larger inlet ports, modified camshaft, and readjusted ignition timing, it produced a top speed of 162 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 secs.                                                                         

Technical Data          DB6 Mk1 and 2   DB6 Mk1 and 2 Vantage       DB5
Production                   1965-1971               1965-1971           1963-1965
Engine, cc                         3995                          3995                   3995
Cylinders, bhp                 6, 282                        6, 325                 6, 282
Torque ft/lbs                     295                            295                     288
Top Speed mph                 150                            162                     143
0-60 mph, secs                  8.4                            5.9                       8.1
0-100 mph, secs               22.1                           13.8                    25.7
Standing 1/4 Mile, secs     16.4                           14.3                    16.0

                                             1968 Aston Martin DB6               Image

Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2

     In 1969, the Mark 2 sports car variant was introduced with the following identifiable feature: the front and rear wheel arches were flared in order to accommodate the wider tyres fitted to the 1/2 inch wider wheels.

     Also, available as an optional extra, were electronic fuel-injection from AE Brico, together with a modified cylinder head to withstand the raised compression.

     Both Standard and Vantage engines were unchanged from the Mark 1 variant.                                                                                             

Aston Martin DB6 Volante

     Alongside the DB6 coupe at its launch in 1966 at the London Motor Show, was the 2+2 convertible variant, better known as the DB6 Volante.

     By 1971, just 140 of the Volante were built, which included 29 cars with the optional Vantage engine

                                           Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake

     As was the case with the DB5, the British coachbuilder Harold Radford converted a total of seven DB6 coupe's into the estate variant, also referred to as the DB6 Shooting Brake, to satisfy demand from the hunting and countryside fraternity.

     As before, both Standard and Vantage engines were available. Furthermore, the curb weight of this variant was 1587 kg compared with 1474 kg of the standard coupe.                  


Typical competitors of the Aston Martin DB6 included the following sports cars: Ferrari 250 GTO, and the 2+2 Jaguar E-Type Series 2

                                                                       Jaguar             Ferrari
Technical Data                DB6 Vantage   E-Type S2 2+2     250 GTO
Production                         1965-1971            1968                1963
Engine, cc                               3995                 4235                2953
Cylinders, bhp                       6, 325               6, 266             12, 296
Torque ft/lbs                          295                   283                   217
Top Speed mph                       162                   150                  174
0-60 mph, secs                       5.9                    6.1                   4.4
0-100 mph, secs                    13.8                  16.0                    -
Standing 1/4 Mile, secs          14.3                  14.9                  12.7


     The value of an Aston Martin DB6 sports car coupe in good condition ranged from between $180,000/£112,000 and $280,000/£175,000, whist an example in showroom condition would command in the region of $400,000/£250,000.

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