* One of 140 DB6 Mk1 Volantes
* Upgraded to manual transmission
* RS Williams suspension upgrades
While the introduction of the DB6 in 1965 represented the final development of the six-cylinder 'DB' series that had commenced with the DB4, it also marked the first use of the evocative 'Volante' name, which has been used for soft-top Aston Martins ever since. Though recognisably related to its Touring-styled DB4 ancestor, the DB6 abandoned the Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication. Despite this change, Touring's Superleggera badges continued to be applied to bodies until stocks ran out! The wheelbase was now 4" (100mm) longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. Opening front quarter lights made a re-appearance, but the major change was at the rear where the presence of a Kamm-style tail, complete with spoiler, acknowledged the increasing importance of aerodynamic downforce in sports car design.
The Tadek Marek-designed six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 3,995cc for the preceding DB5 and remained unchanged. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed gearbox, and for the first time there was optional power-assisted steering.
The stylish DB6 Volante convertible offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed, featuring leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, an aircraft-style instrument cluster, and an electrically operated hood. After 37 Volantes had been completed on the DB5 short-wheelbase chassis, the model adopted the longer DB6 chassis in October 1966, first appearing in its definitive form at the London Motor Show.
When DB6 production ceased in 1970, a total of 1,575 saloons had been made plus 178 of the long-wheelbase Volante (140 DB6 versions and 38 Mk2s). Today these rare cars are among the most sought after of David Brown-era Aston Martins.