Aston Martin DB6




Aston Martin DB6

Year of production 1965 - 1971

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB6

Category: David Brown era

DB6

(1965 - 1969)

The DB6 was the final major derivative of the line started by the DB4; announced at the London Motor Show in 1965, production continued until the arrival of the Mark 2 in July 1969. Many changes were made from the previous model including a longer wheelbase and higher roofline which gives better head and leg room for rear seat passengers. Other changes were a more upright windscreen, opening front quarterlights, rear quarterlights similar to those on the DB4GT Zagato and split front and rear bumper. Luxury features such as air conditioning and power-assisted steering became available as optional extras; automatic transmission became a 'no-cost' option. More notable is the Kamm tail whilst enhancing stability and reducing overall aerodynamic drag, in the opinion of many, detracts slightly from the overall balance of the DB5.

The changes to the DB6 were more structural than mechanical; indeed the construction of the car no longer followed the ‘Superleggera’ principles and the badges on the bonnet were soon deleted. The engine was carried over from the DB5, triple SU’s giving a claimed 282bhp and a claimed 325bhp from the triple Weber equipped Vantage.

When production on the DB6 was superseded by the Mark 2 version in July 1969, around 1325 examples had been built making them the most numerous of the DB4/5/6 line.

Aston Martin DB6

The Aston Martin DB6 was the first Aston Martin to carry the name Volante - which means "flying" in Italian. It was in fact the last thirty-seven Aston Martin DB5 chassis that were used to build the short-chassis Volantes and were completed between October 1965 and October 1966.

Although clearly derived from the Aston Martin DB4 through the DB5, the new model was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965. The most noticeable styling change on the Aston Martin DB6 was the spoiler - then called a Kamm tail - integrated into the tail of the car, which improved high speed stability. The split front and rear bumpers; a redesigned oil cooler opening in the front valance, a higher roof (136 cm) and longer wheelbase (258.5 cm), 9.5 cm more than the DB5, giving an overall length of 462 cm.

Aston Martin DB6 Technical Specifications

  • Engine: dohc I-6, 3995 cc, 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm, 288 lbs-ft @ 3850 rpm (Vantage: 325 bhp @ 5750 rpm)
  • Transmission: ZF 5-speed overdrive manual or Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic
  • Suspension
    • Front: upper-and-lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
    • Rear: live axle, Watt linkage, trailing links, coil springs
  • Brakes: Servo assisted front/rear discs
  • Wheelbase: 8'6" (2585 mm)
  • Weight: 1474 kg (3250 Ibs)
  • Top Speed: 148 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 6.1 sec.
  • Price New: £ 4,998 (Saloon)
  • Production: 1327 (Excluding Volante)
  • Production Dates: October 1965 - July 1969

Produced sub-models Models

Mark 1
1965 - 1969
Volante
1966 - 1969
Mark 2
1969 - 1970
Mark 2 Volante
1969 - 1970
Shooting Brake by FLM Panelcra
1971
Shooting Brake by Radford
1971

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Aston Martin DB6 & Volante

Just two years after introduction, the Aston Martin DB5 stepped aside for the larger, plusher Aston Martin DB6. Inevitably, the new model was less sporting than its predecessors, if undeniably more practical and still quite potent.

Bowing in late 1965, the DB6 retained Aston’s then-seven-year-old basic chassis design, but with a 3.75-inch longer wheelbase and a relocated rear axle (as usual, by S...

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DB6 1965 - 1971 db6 parts catalogue.pdf English 6.84 MB 249

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DB6 Volante 1967 1967 aston martin db6 mki volante low res.pdf English 489 KB 2

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DB6 1969 db6 mk2.pdf English 718 KB 12
DB6 1966 - 1971 db6 vantage.pdf English 6.38 MB 16
DB6 1965 - 1971 db6 mk1 nc.pdf English 3.11 MB 14
DB6 1966 db6 saloon.pdf French 541 KB 5

Engines


Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
1965 1971 DB5 gasoline 3 996 6 / In-Line 210 kW 390 Nm 12

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