Aston Martin DB6 uważany jest przez wielu za ostatniego „prawdziwego” Astona. Ten następca DB5 znany jest ze srebrnego ekranu, gdzie u boku agenta 007, brał udział w tajnych misjach z filmów „Goldfinger” i „Thunderball”. Chociaż DB6 stylistycznie związany jest z modelem DB4, to porzucił on strukturę Superleggera, czyli ultralekką konstrukcję ramową, na korzyść konwencjonalnej struktury ze stali, jednak przy zachowaniu zewnętrznych paneli z aluminium. Co ciekawe znaczki Superleggera były stosowane nadal, przypuszczalnie do wyczerpania zapasów. 😉 Celem numer jeden Astona Martin’a DB6 było powiększenie przestrzeni tylnych siedzeń, osiągnięto to dzięki wydłużeniu podwozia oraz podniesieniu linii dachu. Główną zmianą w wyglądzie zewnętrznym był tył samochodu typu Kamm tail ze spojlerem, który poprawił aerodynamikę i znacznie zwiększył stabilność przy dużych prędkościach. Silnik Astona zaprojektował Polak – Tadek Marek, była to sześciocylindrowa jednostka o pojemności 3995 cm3, która produkowała prawie 300 KM. Pierwsza okazja by zobaczyć DB6 w wersji Volante, czyli z miękkim dachem, pojawiła się w 1965 roku na London Motor Show, jednak pierwsze 37 sztuk produkowane było na krótszej płycie podłogowej DB5. Właściwy Aston Martin DB6 Mark 1 Volante pojawił się rok później. Na aukcję wystawiony został okaz z 1968 roku, w oryginale dostarczony w kolorze Chrome Aluminium z czarnym wnętrzem ze skóry Connolly. W 2012 roku nadwozie Astona przeszło kompletną renowację, mechanika została odbudowana, a wnętrze zostało zyskało nowa, oryginalną skórę Connolly. Aston Martin wyceniony został na 700 – 900 tysięcy funtów szterlingów, czyli około 3,6 – 4,6 miliona złotych.
1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 ‚MARK 1’ VOLANTE CONVERTIBLE
Registration no. SLW 93F Chassis no. DBVC/3677/R
£700,000 – 900,000
PLN 3,600,000 – 4,600,000
THE ASTON MARTIN SALE
NEWPORT PAGNELL, ASTON MARTIN WORKS SERVICE
1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‚Mark 1’ Volante Convertible
Registration no. SLW 93F
Chassis no. DBVC/3677/R
*One of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins
*The first ever ‚Volante’ model
*ZF five-speed manual transmission
*Extensively refurbished by Aston Martin Works
‚I have driven most of the Aston Martin models that have been produced, from the racing twin-cam 1½-litre of the 1920s onwards. For years my favourite has been the DB3S sports-racer, but now my allegiance is wavering. There can be little doubt that the DB6 is the best Aston yet and it is a credit to British engineering.’ – John Bolster, Autosport, 21st October 1966.
Considered by many to be the last ‚real’ Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965 at the Paris and London Motor Shows, updating the DB5. Although Royal patronage of the marque undoubtedly helped DB6 sales, as did its DB5 predecessor’s appearance in the James Bond movies ‚Goldfinger’ and ‚Thunderball’, the car arrived at a difficult time for Aston Martin, with the home economy in a parlous state and the US market subject to ever-more restrictive legislation.
Though recognisably related to its Touring-styled DB4 ancestor, the DB6 abandoned the underlying Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminium outer panels. Somewhat confusingly, ‚Superleggera’ badges continued to be applied for a time, presumably until stocks ran out.
Increased rear-seat space had been the prime DB6 objective, so the wheelbase was now 4″ longer than before, resulting in an extensive re-style with more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. The result was significantly greater roominess, making the DB6 a genuine four-seater. Opening front quarter lights made a reappearance but the major change was at the rear where a Kamm-style tail with spoiler improved the aerodynamics, greatly enhancing stability at high speeds. This device had first been tried on the DP214 and DP215 DB4GT-based Le Mans prototypes; yet another example of racing improving the breed. These many dimensional changes were integrated most successfully, the DB6’s overall length increasing by only 2″. Indeed, but for the distinctive Kamm tail one might easily mistake it for a DB5.
‚The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,’ declared Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had ever tested: ‚The DB6 with its longer wheelbase and better headroom makes an Aston Martin available to the far wider four-seater market, and the design is in every way superior to the previous model. A purist might have though that the longer wheelbase would affect the near-perfect balance of the DB5, but if anything the DB6 is better.’
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 air conditioning and power-assisted steering were available as options.
Premiered at the 1965 London Motor Show, the convertible DB6 marked the first occasion the evocative ‚Volante’ name had been applied to a soft-top Aston Martin. After 37 Volante convertibles 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. The stylish Volante offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, an aircraft-style instrument cluster and an electrically operated hood.
In the summer of 1969 the Mark 2 DB6 was announced in saloon and convertible versions. Distinguishable by its flared wheelarches and DBS wheels, the DB6 Mark 2 came with power-assisted steering as standard and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection. Between 1965 and 1970 when production ceased a total of 1,575 DB6 saloons was completed. During this time the factory made only 178 of the long-wheelbase Volantes and today these rare cars are among the most sought after of David Brown-era Aston Martins.
One of 140 ‚Mark 1’ DB6 Volantes made, ‚DBVC/3677/R’ was supplied new in March 1968 via H R Owen Ltd to one J Fenton, Esq of London N6. The accompanying copy guarantee form reveals that the car was delivered finished in metallic Chrome Aluminium with black Connolly leather interior, and that it left the factory equipped with the ZF five-speed manual transmission. Items of non-standard equipment listed include chrome road wheels, three-ear hubcaps, power operated aerial, front seat belts, Marchal quart-iodine spot lamps, Fiamm horns, a Wasso steering lock, a Blaupunkt New Yorker radio, and a tonneau cover. The car’s first registered number was ‚JJF 203’.
Invoices on file show that the Aston was owned in the late 1970s/early 1980s by a Mrs J Rubeck of Redhill, Surrey. In the early 1990s the car was acquired by Mr J L M Fruytier of Amsterdam, Netherlands and during his ownership was serviced and maintained by marque specialist Desmond Smail of Olney, Buckinghamshire, as evidenced by numerous bills on file. Mr Jeremy Butt of Leigh, Surrey is the next owner on record, acquiring the Aston in 2002. He was followed by Mr Paul Henry Everest of Bruton, Somerset (from January 2004). The current vendor has owned the Volante since April 2006.
While in the vendor’s care, the car has benefited from a no-expense-spared approach to its maintenance, which has been entrusted to Aston Martin Works and the highly respected marque specialists R S Williams Ltd. The major refurbishment project has concerned the body, which was extensively restored during 2012 by AMW at a cost in excess of £100,000 (invoice on file). Works carried out included completely stripping down the body and removing the interior, hood, hood frame, glass, and doors, the latter being dismantled. Repairs were then made to the chassis, sills, doors, etc, with replacement panels fabricated and fresh metal welded in wherever necessary. The completed body was then re-sprayed silver, and the interior fully re-trimmed in ‚last of the roll’ original oil-based Connolly leather from AMW. In addition, the dashboard was repainted and the front and rear quarter bumpers replaced.
Some two years later, in April 2014, ‚3677/R’ was sent to R S Williams for servicing, an MoT test, and routine maintenance, which included an overhaul of the front suspension and fitting a service/exchange upper water radiator. Several RSW upgrades were fitted at the same time, including front road springs, horns and horn bracket, cooling modifications, and throttle bell-crank lever. RSW’s detailed bill for £20,898 is on file. In short: everything that needed to be done has been done. The DB6 now runs very well and has been driven each week to ensure that it remains in tip-top order. RSW will have carried out a service and MoT’d the car prior to sale.
Having covered only some 1,000-or-so miles since the 2012 restoration at Aston Martin Works, this beautiful DB6 Volante remains in generally excellent condition. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoT certificates dating back to 1990, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned invoices and copy guarantee form.