The 1966 Aston Martin DB6 (Vantage) is an iconic car that has captured the hearts of automotive enthusiasts for generations. Introduced in 1965, the DB6 was the successor to the DB5 and was designed to be a more refined and comfortable grand tourer. With its sleek and muscular body, powerful engine, and luxurious interior, the DB6 quickly became one of the most desirable cars of its time.
The third important Aston Martin six-cylinder sports car of the 1960s, the DB6, was built between 1965 and 1970. Despite a lot of styling cues from the DB4 and DB5, its mission was expanded to become a four-passenger car, which involved lengthening the wheelbase by four inches. The windshield was raked and the roof rose about an inch in the rear for more headroom, but the biggest change was in the car’s fastback styling.
One of the most notable features of the DB6 (Vantage) is its engine. Under the hood, you will find a 4.0-liter straight-six engine that produces 330 horsepower and 393 Nm of torque. This engine is capable of propelling the DB6 from 0 to 100 kmh in just 6.2 seconds, and it has a top speed of 260 kmh. The Vantage version of the DB6 also features triple Weber carburetors, which give it an extra boost in power and performance.
The DB6's design is also a major selling point. The car was designed by Aston Martin's in-house designer, William Towns, and it features a sleek and elegant body that is both aerodynamic and visually striking. The car's long, low hood and flowing lines give it a sense of speed and power, while its graceful curves and subtle details make it a true work of art.
Inside, the DB6 is just as impressive. The car's interior is spacious and luxurious, with plenty of room for driver and passengers alike. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the dashboard and controls are well-designed and easy to use. The DB6 also features a number of modern amenities, including air conditioning and power windows, which make it a more comfortable and convenient car to drive.
Overall, the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 (Vantage) is a true masterpiece of automotive engineering and design. Its powerful engine, sleek body, and luxurious interior make it a joy to drive, while its timeless style and elegance ensure that it will continue to turn heads for generations to come. Whether you are a collector or simply a lover of beautiful cars, the DB6 is a car that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
There were 1,327 examples of the Mk I produced until July 1969.
Regardless of road reports from the day, nobody argued about whether or not the DB6 was a more user-friendly car. Aside from being a legitimate four-seater, the DB6 had optional air conditioning. Vantage-spec cars were also noted for their ease of acceleration, and their comfortable top speed.
This DB6 was completed on 19th March 1966 and despatched to Eton Motor Group on 28th April that year. The original colour scheme was Silver Birch with black trim, and the car left the factory equipped with a heated rear window and an electric aerial. The first documented history on file is an MoT dated 6th May 1983 at 24,016 miles.
It is clear that at an early stage in its life '2626/R' was fitted with the present Vantage engine. The vendor's researches through the AMOC suggest this was done under warranty either at the factory or a main dealer. There is no record of this engine being fitted to any other car so it was probably a factory-built spare. It is equally likely that the car was re-badged at the same time. The original triple SU carburettors were retained, probably as they were easier to maintain than triple Webers, a not unusual practice. When the sunroof was fitted is not known, but it also has all the hallmarks of having been done either at the factory or a main dealer. At some stage the car was re-sprayed red and re-upholstered in pale cream with beige carpets. The heated rear window was also replaced with a standard window.
On 16th August 1984 the DB6 was acquired by a Mr Geoff Pashley of Cheltenham. The car was MoTd on 18th August 1984 at 24,541 miles. It is assumed that Mr Pashley was a motor dealer. Shortly thereafter the car passed to a Mr T R Mills of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, very likely through Plough Motors of Stroud Valley, Stonehouse, whose sticker is in the rear window.
On 5th September 1984 the Aston was sold for £6,500 to Mr Robert J Stiling, an architect who lived in Brownshill, Gloucestershire. He was a car enthusiast and a friend of the vendor since their university days in the late 1960s. Mr Stiling drove the car for around two years and then took it off the road in 1987 for an extensive renovation, which, mainly due to force of financial circumstances and ill health, took 23 years. To the vendor's certain knowledge the car was not used at all throughout this time. The restoration included extensive work on the chassis and a re-spray. The engine was not rebuilt and it is understood that it remains in the same state overall as it was when Mr Stiling acquired it.
11th May 2010 the DB6 was MoT'd and put back on the road at a recorded mileage of 27,596. Unfortunately, by this time Mr Stiling's health had deteriorated and he was unable to drive the car himself, but as a named driver the vendor was able to take it and him on several local rallies. On 7th December 2011 ownership was transferred to the vendor, and since then the car has undergone annual services and MoT teats and has been in constant use. Works carried out include fitting Koni shock absorbers in pace of the Selectaride type; overhauling the brake servo; replacing the carburettor floats; fitting stainless steel exhaust manifolds; re-upholstering and re-carpeting including boot; re-spraying the nearside door and fitting a new electric window winder motor to same; fitting electronic ignition and fuel pump; fitting new exhaust brackets; fitting a new steering wheel; and installing a radio (the original radio went missing during restoration).
Always stored in a dry garage and carefully maintained, this well documented DB6 Vantage comes with an original owner's handbook; copy workshop manual; and a good history file containing bills and invoices. The current odometer reading is 37,824 miles.
Condition Report Score Total: 81/100
The most recent auction result of this model (only Mk II) was on the 16th of April 2023 for 270.250 GBP (link)!
|3.996 ccm, 330 PS, I6
|Right Hand Drive
|Rear Wheel Drive
|Color - exterior
|Color - interior
|Cream / Beige
|Chassis / VIN
|Location - Country
|Location - City
2-door coupe body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3996 cm3 / 243.7 cui, advertised power: 242.5 kW / 325 hp / 330 PS (net), torque: 393 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4623 mm, width: 1676 mm, wheelbase: 2584 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1474 kg; top speed: 260 km/h (162 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 5.9 s; 0-100 km/h 6.2 s
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