Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Year of production 1966 - 1969

Model: DB6 (1965 - 1971)

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DB6 Volante

(1966 - 1969)

The convertible version of the DB6 was unveiled at the 1966 London Motor Show and replaced the short lived, short chassis Volante. As with all drophead Astons, the DB6 Volante was the absolute height of elegance.

Their timeless elegance and relative rarity, with only 140 produced (29 received the more powerful Vantage engine), has ensured that these are amongst the most desirable Astons ever.

The DB6 Volante interior is identical to that of the saloon. Unlike the earlier convertibles, the body colour is not always carried across the dash. The Kamm tail of the saloon was also to be found on the Volante although with a much more pleasing result.

Aston Martin DB6 Volante

The Aston Martin DB6 Volante 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 Aston Martin DB6 Volante SWB 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.

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

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