Although it could technically trace its ancestry through the DB5 and all the way back to the DB4, the Aston Martin DB6 was a far cry from the charming, pleasant automobile the DB4 was. That’s not to say that the DB6 wasn’t a great car; it was. It was strangely prophetic car that heralded the later Aston Martins: strong, aggressive, uncompromising, and above all, incredibly fast. Its design certainly left no questions unanswered about its intended purpose: low, wide and long, the machine just seemed built for speed; it also had its much-loved rear tail chopped of, showing the first signs of what would become the integral spoilers, to improve the car’s handling at high speed.
While it wasn’t the fastest car ever produced, the Aston Martin DB6 was no slouch; it was powered by a straight-six engine with a displacement of 4 liters, which produced up to 352 horsepower in later models. The Aston Martin DB6’s top speed was 148 mph, and could accelerate to 60 in 6.5 seconds, which are excellent figures for such a large and heavy car. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, but a three-speed automatic gearbox was also available, and proved to be a relatively popular option.
The Aston Martin DB6 was produced from 1965 to 1970; in addition to the Vantage hardtop, up to 140 ‘Volante’ convertibles were also produced.