Of all the cars ever produced by Aston Martin, the DB6 is arguably the ultimate development of the David Brown “gentleman’s express” concept of a Grand Touring motor car. The DB6 continued the attractive styling of covered headlamp nose, while the back ended in an aero-efficient “Kamm tail” which featured a small upswept spoiler. The chassis was extended 3.75-inches in order to accommodate for the first time a pair of usable rear seats and the body panels were, as always with an Aston, of hand-formed aluminium.
The new DB6 also featured enhanced options to include; power-assisted Girling disc brakes and a limited slip differential. The interior coddled the lucky occupants in the finest Connolly hides and Wilton wool carpet – quite the anomaly when one considers that all this limo luxury travelled zero to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds and had a top speed of 148 miles per hour.
The final production series for the DB6 being the “Mk II” was the swan song of the DB variants produced by Newport Pagnell. The specification shared many parts with the DBS such as the wheels and tyres, hubs and seats so as to help to minimise costs, the wider tyres are accommodated by slight flares over the wheel arches. The DB6 differed from its predecessors in having a longer wheelbase which, at 8' 5¾", was 3¾" longer than that of the DB5. This meant more room for rear passengers, which made the DB6 more of a family man's car and helped it sell better than the earlier models in the series. The bodywork was distinctive, with a slightly higher roofline than the DB4 and DB5 and featured an aerodynamically efficient abbreviated 'Kamm' tail.
The convertible version of the DB6 was unveiled at the 1966 London Motor Show, a year after the saloon and replaced the short lived, Short Chassis Volante. As with all drop head Aston Martins, the DB6 Volante was and still is, the absolute height of elegance. Only 140 examples were ever built.
1969 saw the introduction of the DB6 Mark II Volante; the main distinguishable features of the Mk2 were the flared wheel arches and wire wheels as fitted to the DBS. Further features included standard power-assisted steering. Also the front seats were taken from the DBS and feature pleats as opposed to the “cross” stitching on the Mark l. The hood was totally power operated using electric motors and pumps. Only 38 examples were ever built during a short production run.
Sports Classics London were delighted to supply one of the finest restored DB6 restorations ever carried out by Aston Martin Works Service. With its additional enhancements, this rare LHD Mk l.l Vantage Coupe has found a new home in Lebanon.