3,995cc DOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber 45DCOE Carburetors
325bhp at 5,500 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Highly desirable, matching numbers DB6 Vantage
*Left-drive, 5-Speed manual transmission, A/C, and chrome wire wheels from new
*Accompanied by copies of its factory build records
*Beautifully presented British motoring
THE ASTON MARTIN DB6
"Stage by stage, as the DB has become dominant in the Aston Martin strain, the successive cars have changed their image. Today the aim is to offer the maximum of luxury and refinement as well as the ultimate in road performance. The minor barbarities of so many great sports cars of the past are no longer acceptable – at least in the hand built models now leaving Newport Pagnell. Obviously such a car as the DB6 is expensive and exclusive but the value matches the price." – Autocar, 1966.
As one might imagine, Autocar found much to commend in the DB6 Vantage, remaking on the car's much improved handling, outstanding adhesion and exceptionally good braking figures. A mean maximum speed of 148mph was achieved, while the standing quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds was the fastest the magazine had recorded for a four-seater. At 120mph the Aston was as effortlessly relaxed as other powerful cars at 80mph. "For high-speed open-road touring this Vantage DB6 is practically ideal," enthused Autocar's scribe, and few would disagree.
The 4.0-liter DOHC engine remained unchanged in standard triple-SU carburetor form but the Vantage specification unit with 9.4:1 compression ratio now developed a mighty 325bhp. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was carried over from the latter, 'Selectaride' driver-adjustable damping was standard, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering available. Saloon production totaled 1,327 units, including seven shooting brake conversions by Harold Radford.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Ordered with the highly desirable Vantage specification, this DB6 was among the most powerful ever produced by the British make. This DB6 Vantage was ordered new by A.M.L. Inc as a Demonstrator and subsequently sold to Mr. William N Naaman. Clearly the objective with this Demonstrator was to, ahem, demonstrate the highest possible specification of the DB6. Selecting the Vantage-spec more for an extra 40 ponies, the engine breather system, the desirable five-speed ZF manual transmission, Normalair air conditioning, 3.73:1 limited slip differential, heated rear screen, Firam horns for both town and country, dual front Britax three-point seat belts, chrome wheels with knock off hubs, a power operated aerial, and dual Marchal fog lamps all meant that this demo model was better than most of the cars buyers actually ordered. Finished in Silver Birch over Red Connolly hides, the car was completed in the middle of 1966 and sent to the United States.
The early history of this Aston is not documented, but by 2000 the car had found its way to the Netherlands in the collection of Raphael Eschmann. At some point a few decades ago, the DB6 was restored in its original colors, but records of this restoration do not accompany the car. Today, the machine still shows well, having settled into a condition that would make it a fine touring car or driver.
Acquired by the current owner in July of 2008, the DB6 has been on static display for the past 14 years and, as such, mechanical recommissioning is recommended prior to active use. The DB6 is the last of the iconic DB Aston Martins from the '60s and, with its pure form and powerful Vantage engine, the example offered here is a must-have for any Aston Martin fan.