1969 Aston Martin DB6 Coupé
Chassis no. DB6/4037/R
Engine no. 400/4131
3,995cc, DOHC 325hp inline six-cylinder
Five-speed ZF manual transmission
Upgraded to Vantage specifications
Recently serviced and prepared for active use
In 1958 Aston Martin introduced its DB4 model, the first of a line which culminated in the DB6 built between 1965 and 1969. A key factor in the success of the DB6's DB4 progenitor was general manager John Wyer's decision that the new car be styled in Italy, rather than by the works, and the commission was superbly executed by Touring of Milan. The platform chassis was the work of Aston Martin's chief engineer Harold Beach, while the new twin overhead camshaft engine had been conceived by his colleague, Tadek Marek, and race tested in the DBR2 before its production debut in the DB4. With the arrival of the DB5 in 1963, engine capacity was upped, by enlarging the bore from 92 to 96mm, from 3.7 to 4.0 liters and this power unit was carried over to the DB6 for 1966. Power output on triple SU carburetors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification on triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time power-assisted steering was an option.
The DB6 differed from its predecessors in having a longer wheelbase which, at 8' 5¾", was 3¾" longer than that of the DB5. This meant more room for rear passengers, which made the DB6 more of a family man's car and helped it sell better than the earlier models in the series. The bodywork was distinctive, with a slightly higher roofline than the DB4 and DB5, and featured an aerodynamically efficient abbreviated 'Kamm' tail.
This DB6 was dispatched from Newport Pagnell on May 16, 1969 and delivered to H.R. Owen Limited in London. Originally right-hand drive and finished in Aluminium silver over Dark Blue leather, the sticker price was £3,244plus a hefty £1,168 in purchase tax. During a restoration some time ago, the car was expertly converted to left-hand drive and retrimmed in Dark Blue paint over luscious red leather. While the car retains its original straight six, it has been up-rated to Vantage specification for a bit more gusto. Power is still routed through the desirable 5-speed ZF manual transmission. To ensure that she turns as well as she goes, a Harvey Bailey Handling package has been fitted along with a telescopic rear shock conversion. In addition to the go-fast bits, modern air conditioning has been fitted to keep the cabin cool while you burn up the back roads.
Recent history has seen the car in the collection of Aston Martin enthusiast John Carr of Norfolk, Virginia. A recent major service by marque experts was performed and the car is reported to be a solid runner. Nicely turned out and showing well, this Aston would make an excellent mount in which to tour or simply run to the grocery store. Either way, you'll be able to accomplish things comfortably and expediently.