1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DB6/2516/L
Engine no. 400/2521/V
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. The wheelbase was now 4" longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style 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 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.
Motor clearly appreciated the power and poise of their test Vantage: '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.'
Currently in the hands of only its second owner, this left-hand drive DB6 Vantage was sold new in France via Aston Martin agent Garage Mirabeau to Compagnie Francaise De Produits Métallurgiques in Paris. The accompanying copy build sheet reveals that the car was delivered with various options that included the 3.73:1 limited-slip differential, 3-ear hubcaps, chromed wheels, heated rear screen and power-operated aerial. The Aston is offered in essentially unrestored condition, although the current owner has carried out various works and fitted numerous new parts. The latter include a complete clutch assembly, stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel fuel tank, all braking system hydraulics, Weber carburettor kits (x3), fuel pump, alternator belt, battery and an electronic ignition system. In addition, the windscreen wiper and fuel tank sender have been overhauled. Works that could still be carried would include re-upholstering the front seats, repainting the body, fitting new front/rear windscreen seals, fitting a new headlining and making final adjustments to the carburettors. A full list of the above plus some helpful operating instructions comes with the car. Finished in Burgundy with black leather interior, '2516/L' is offered with sundry service invoices and French Carte Grise.
Actuellement aux mains de son deuxième propriétaire seulement, cette DB6 Vantage à conduite à gauche fut vendue neuve par le Garage Mirabeau, importateur de la marque à Paris, à la Compagnie Française de Produits Métallurgiques à Paris. La fiche de fabrication jointe indique que la voiture fut livrée équipée de diverses options dont un différentiel à glissement limité avec rapport final de 3.73 :1, décrous de roue à trois oreilles, de roues chromées, dune lunette arrière chauffante et dune antenne de radio électrique. Cette Aston est offerte dans une condition générale dorigine et non restaurée, mais le propriétaire actuel a effectué divers travaux et monté de nombreuses pièces neuves dont un embrayage complet, des kits de carburateur Weber (x3), une pompe à essence, une courroie dalternateur, une batterie et un système dallumage électronique. Lessuie-glace et lémetteur de la jauge dessence ont été révisés. Des travaux sont à prévoir dont le regarnissage des sièges avant, la peinture, le remplacement des joints de pare-brise et de lunette arrière, du ciel de toit ainsi quun réglage final des carburateurs. Une liste de ces travaux ainsi quun précieux ensemble dinstructions dutilisation accompagnent la voiture. De couleur bourgogne avec intérieur en cuir noir, « 2516/L » est offerte avec de nombreuses factures de travaux dentretien et sa carte grise française.