1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2415/L
Engine no. 400/2334
3,995cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine
Triple SU carburetors
282bhp at 5,500rpm
5-speed ZF Manual Transmission
Independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and live rear axle
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
*Factory left-hand drive
*Fitted with A/C from new
*The ultimate British GT car
Last-of-the-line models are always sought after by discerning collectors and few are more highly prized that the final flowering of the glorious 'David Brown' six-cylinder series, considered by many to the last of the 'real' Aston Martins. Culmination of this long-running line of 'DB' sports saloons, the DB6 was introduced in 1965. Recognizably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favor of a conventional steel fabrication. 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.
'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 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested. 'The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.'
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 carburetors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.
The Motorcar Offered
This 1967 Aston Martin DB6 came from the factory trimmed in its current shade of Fiesta Red over black Connolly hides. Left-hand drive from new, the boxes were ticked for chrome wire wheels and optional air conditioning system, too. According to the factory build sheet included with the car, the original owner had specified a Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic, but this was changed early in life to the factory correct ZF 5-speed manual that the car still has today.
Retaining its original engine, it has the lovely finish and patina that only a car that has never been apart can have. Previously part of the collection of a well-regarded Aston Martin enthusiast, the car begging to be driven and enjoyed, the original leather interior invites you behind the wheel for some back road motoring.
The popularity of Aston Martins continues to reach new peaks as more and more collectors are discovering the usability and comfort of the creations of Newport Pagnell. This numbers matching, factory left drive DB6 is a wonderful opportunity to join Aston fans. With its edibility for exciting events and rallies, there is no end to the exciting drives that lie ahead.