1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2650/R
Engine no. 400/2602/V
3,995cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine
Triple twin-choke Weber carburetors
325bhp at 5,500rpm
Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission
Independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and live rear axle
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
*Three owners from new
*Driven only 200 miles in the last 27 years
*Elegant California Sage finish
*The ultimate Grand Tourer
Although recognizably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the most noticeable innovation on the DB6 was the adoption of a Kamm-style tail with aerodynamic spoiler. The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space, revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 Vantage was one of the finest sportscars it had tested. In an effortless way that few other cars can match, the DB6 makes an overall speed limit of 70mph look quite ridiculous. At its maximum speed of more than twice this, it is reassuringly stable, probably more so than many cars struggling to maintain their 70mph convoy speed. If you need to stop from high speed the brakes are outstandingly powerful, a point which really needs remembering if there is a less well endowed vehicle behind; and the handling in both wet and dry conditions is superior to all but a couple of the production two-seater sportscars we have tested.
The Motorcar Offered
This DB6 was ordered new by Arthur White of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. A well-to-do gentleman, Mr. White wanted a grand tourer so he ordered the unique specification of the more powerful Vantage motor for greater speed and the optional automatic transmission for ease of use and comfort. According to the buff log book, Mr. White first registered the car on April 7th, 1966.
Mr. White was fond of road trips and often took the DB6 down to Dover, rode the ferry to Calais and then be drove to Paris for a weekend on the town. Wear in the passenger side carpet is evidence of the many rides taken by Mrs. White to the next dinner or engagement while wearing her stilettos. According to British MOT Test Certificates on file, by 1976 Whites had covered nearly 52,000 miles in the DB6 and steadily continued their pace of about 2,000 miles a year until the Mr. Whites passing in 1984 at which point the car was briefly transferred to his nephew before being acquired by the present owner in 1986.
Upon acquisition, the DB6 was shipped to the East Coast in September of 86. Since arriving Stateside 27 years ago, only 200 miles have been covered with the clock currently showing about 67,700 original miles. Finished in beautiful California Sage over black hides, the car continues to show well today.
Currently in running order, its very minimal use in the past nearly three decades would warrant some mechanical refurbishment before undertaking a longer journey. But saving that, it appears as a nicely preserved example of one of Aston Martins legendary models in its most powerful specification.
- Please note that, due to PA law this title will need to be processed through the PA Department of Transportation and therefore may require up to 14 days for receipt.