1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Launched in 1965, the DB6 replaced the DB5 and for the first time the title “Volante” was introduced to denote the convertible model of the Aston Martin motor cars, a tradition continuing to this day.
Though recognizably related to its Touring-styled DB4 ancestor, the wheelbase was now 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 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. “The tail lip halves the aerodynamic lift around maximum speed and brings in its train greater headroom and more luggage space,” revealed Motor magazine, concluding that the DB6 was one of the finest sports cars it had tested.
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 carburetors was 282 bhp, rising to 325 bhp in Vantage specification. A 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 Volante convertible offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets, an aircraft-like instrument cluster and electrically operated soft top. After 37 Volante convertibles had been completed on the short-wheelbase chassis (from the DB5), the model pictured here adopted the longer chassis from the DB6 coupe in October 1966. A total of 1,575 DB6s were made between 1965 and 1970, with only 140 DB6 Volantes of this type being built.
This manual-transmission DB6 Volante is finished in its original Celeste (light-blue) paint with blue Connolly leather interior and has the rare luxury of a rear parcel shelf beneath the tonneau cover. Owned for seventeen years by a well-known Aston Martin enthusiast, this car came into its present ownership in 1995 and benefits from ongoing restoration since then. The engine has had a recent rebuild and the seller claims that the car is in “very good” condition throughout. Presentation reflects life-long careful ownership and the car comes with service and maintenance history from 1995 to date.

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Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.

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