The Aston Martin DB6, introduced in 1965 to
replace the by then well established and world famous (James Bond)
DB5 series is the last and best of the line of true DB Astons.
Incorporating a stiffer non-superleggra construction
chassis, with more aluminium and less steel in the roomier hand
crafted body for a weight penalty of a mere 17 lbs (7.7 Kg) above
the DB5. A longer wheelbase with a modified roof-line resulted in
genuinely usable rear seats, and the distinctive Kamm tail solved
the aerodynamic rear body lift experienced on earlier models.
The DB6 Mk2 was introduced in 1969, originally with the intention
of naming it the DB7. The DB7 idea was eventually dropped and DB6
production in Mk2 form continued until 1970, overlapping the DBS,
with a total of 240 Mk2’s manufactured at Newport Pagnell.
Distinguishing new features for the Mk2 included modified, more
comfortable front seats, wider wire wheels and flared wheel arches.
The classic Tadek Marek 4 litre twin overhead camshaft engine was
retained from the DB5, now fully developed and reliable. Our car,
DB6 Mk2, a 1969 model is a genuine factory Vantage specification,
producing a claimed 325 BHP on triple 45 DCOE Weber carburettors.
This is one of only 71 in total Vantage DB6 Mk2’s produced.
A rare car indeed!
A fully comprehensive and clearly expert restoration using Aston
Martin factory parts was undertaken in Switzerland in the eighties,
commissioned by the then owner. The DB6 was subsequently entrusted
to the next owner, a well-known Bond Street Jeweller, during whose
eight-year ownership the car was Aston Factory prepared with little
regard to expense. Still in splendid, standard condition, with the
added benefit of an unleaded fuel cylinder head conversion, this
beautiful DB6 Mk2 Vantage has been maintained and documented in
a likewise fashion by the current custodian.