1968 Aston Martin DB6 MkI Volante Registration no. PRE 635F Chassis no. DBVC/3685/R Engine no. 400/3550
Considered by many to be the last 'real' Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965, up-dating the DB5. Although Royal patronage of the marque undoubtedly helped DB6 sales, the car arrived at a difficult time for Aston Martin, with the home economy in a parlous state and the US market subject to ever-more restrictive legislation. Though recognisably related to its Touring-styled DB4 ancestor, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. The wheelbase was now 4" (100mm) longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a re-appearance, but the major change was at the rear where the presence of a Kamm-style tail, complete with spoiler, acknowledged the increasing importance of aerodynamic downforce in sports car design. 'The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,' declared Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested. The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering. The stylish Volante offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed, featuring leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, an aircraft-style instrument cluster and an electrically operated hood and carpets. After 37 Volante convertibles had been completed on the DB5 short-wheelbase chassis, the model adopted the DB6 chassis in October 1966. A total of 1,575 DB6s was made between 1965 and 1970, plus 140 of the long-wheelbase Volantes. This DB6 Volante has the desirable ZF five-speed manual-transmission and is finished in platinum with black leather interior, matching hood and carpets. Its accompanying copy build sheet reveals that the Aston was first owned by A&B Cars (c/o K Barber) of Lancashire and was delivered equipped with the 3.73:1 limited-slip differential, chromed wheels/hubs, power aerial and lap seat belts. 'PRE 635F' was purchased via Autodrome by the current vendor in 1991 and in recent years has been kept on museum display. Previous owners include a Mr Andrew Holder who worked at Pinewood Studios (from 1982) and prior to that R S Williams (from 1980, when the car was finished in red). Pictured in the Aston Martin Magazine's Spring 2002 edition (photocopy on file), this rare DB6 Volante is offered with sundry restoration and parts invoices, a good quantity of expired MoTs, an original DB6 sales brochure, Swansea V5 registration document and fresh MoT.