1965→1969 Aston Martin DB6

Following the DB5, Aston Martin launched the DB6 at the London Motor Show in October of 1965. The most noticeable modification was a new fastback rear end with a cut-off Kamm tail. This, along with an longer wheelbase increased rear passenger space but also made the car slightly heavier.

Other new features included split front and rear bumpers, a redesigned oil cooler opening in the front valance and a higher roof. Like before the Vantage spec option could be ordered which added a V to the chassis number. One of the desirable options was factory air conditioning which used two vents on the rear parcel shelf. Other options included power-assisted steering and a full-length Webasto sunroof.

The engine was almost identical to the DB5 unit having twin overhead camshafts and triple SU carburetors that produced 282 bhp.

In 1969 the Mark II version of the DB6 was launched with flared wheel arches and revised seats.

Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1965 – 1969
released at 1965 London Motor Show
built at Newport Pagnell , England
production 1327
price $ $ 15,400
price £/td> £4,998
engine Inline-6
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3995 cc / 243.8 in³
bore 96.0 mm / 3.78 in
stroke 92.0 mm / 3.62 in
compression 8.9:1
engine designer Tadek Marek
power 210.3 kw / 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 70.59 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 191.32 bhp per tonne
torque 390.5 nm / 288 ft lbs @ 3850 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
front wheels F 38.1 x 17.0 cm / 15 x 6.7 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 17.0 cm / 15 x 6.7 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Watts Link, Trailing Links, Coil Springs
curb weight 1474 kg / 3250 lbs
wheelbase 2586 mm / 101.8 in
front track 1372 mm / 54.0 in
rear track 1359 mm / 53.5 in
length 4623 mm / 182.0 in
width 1676 mm / 66.0 in
height 1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission ZF 5-Speed Manual or Borg-Warner 3-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 2.73:1, 1.76:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.834:1
final drive 3.73:1
top speed ~241.4 kph / 150.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~8.4 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~22.1 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~16.4 seconds
fuel capacity 86 litres or 22.70 gal.