1967 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I Volante

This car was bought over the phone, bringing to mind a favorite jest of one of my good friends:

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The new Aston Martin DB6 was introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show as a distinctively restyled development of the successful DB4 and DB5 model ranges. The flat transom Kamm-tail topped by an integral spoiler attracted much comment, and although the new bodyshell was only 17 pounds heavier than its predecessor, the DB6 gives the impression of being a far more substantial, deep-chested motor car. It certainly succeeded in offering increased leg and head room in both the front and rear seats. Quarter lights, last seen on Aston Martin in the DB2/4s, reappeared on the DB6.
The DB6s were powered by the successful twin-cam, 4-liter, six-cylinder engine, already proven in the racing DBR2s and production DB5 series, while Selectaride damper control was now standard equipment. As further departures from tradition, a Power-Lok limited-slip differential, chrome plated or painted wheels, whitewall tires and two- or three-eared hub nuts all became options within the standard price of £4,998 ($13,995).
The Volante, Aston’s term for its convertible models, was also introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show, the first batch of 37 cars being built on the last of the DB5 chassis frames with an 8-foot, 2-inch wheelbase. The grown up DB6 MKI Volante then made its debut at the 1966 London Motor Show, its specification matching that of the DB6 saloon save for the power-operated hood and an all-up weight of 3,223 pounds, slightly less than that of the saloon. A total of 140 were made.
This particular DB6 Volante was delivered to New York in April 1967, via agent Chinetti. Originally fitted with an automatic transmission, it was updated early in its life (maybe even at the factory) with the correct type ZF five-speed manual gearbox. The car spent most of its life in the United States, until it was sold to Switzerland in 1989 for $225,000. The current owner purchased the car in 1997.
Painted in the highly attractive original color of olive green, this Aston Martin still retains its original tan leather interior. The carpets in the passenger compartment and the boot have recently been renewed with Wilton wool carpets. The original tan Everflex power top is still fitted and although in good order is now starting to show some signs of wear. The car has power steering, power windows and chrome wire wheels. New tires have recently been fitted. 103,090 miles shows on the odometer and this is believed to be genuine mileage from new. Offered in good running condition, this rare Volante warrants close inspection.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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