'I have driven most of the Aston Martin models that have been produced, from the racing twin-cam 1½-litre of the 1920s onwards. For years my favourite has been the DB3S sports-racer, but now my allegiance is wavering. There can be little doubt that the DB6 is the best Aston yet and it is a credit to British engineering.' - John Bolster on the DB6 Vantage, Autosport, 21st October 1966.
The culmination of Aston Martin's long-running line of 'DB' six-cylinder sports saloons and thus considered by many to be the last 'real' Aston, the DB6 was introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognisably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminium outer panels. Increased rear-seat space was the prime DB6 objective so the wheelbase was now 4" 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 reappearance but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. These many dimensional changes were integrated most successfully, the DB6's overall length increasing by only 2". Indeed, but for the distinctive Kamm tail one might easily mistake it for a DB5.
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. A matching-numbers example, chassis number '3570/R' has the final development of the 4.0-litre Weber carburettor-equipped Vantage engine, as evidenced by the 'VC' suffix to the number. The Aston was purchased in the early 1970s for £4,000 and some years later the owner (now deceased) commenced its restoration. He only got as far as having the engine and gearbox rebuilt and new interior trim made before the project stalled and the car was laid up in a barn circa 1983. Fully lubricated, the engine had been stored in a container and the black interior trim is still in sealed bags. The body appears very solid and the car is believed to be substantially complete, although the presence of every last small item cannot be guaranteed. Presented in 'barn find' condition and offered for full restoration, this potentially most worthwhile restoration project is sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered without reserve. A total of 86,081 miles is displayed on the odometer.
We are please to advise that this vehicle will be offered with a V5C.