When the Aston Martin DB6 was rolled out during the 1965 London Motor Show it barely raised any eyebrows. The evolutional changes from its beautiful DB5 predecessor (launched just 2 years earlier in 1963) were minimal and mostly focused on aerodynamic improvements along with a slightly longer wheelbase, improved cabin space, minor exterior upgrades/changes and the adoption of (optional) power-steering and air-con, amongst other features. If anything then, a minor facelift and structural tweaking to its already-stunning lines and a few key improvements here and there.
Power from its 4L, dual overhead-cam’d, triple-weber’d in-line 6-cylinder engine produced an impressive 282 bhp/295 lb-ft of torque (325 bhp in the Vantage variant) and carried on within a glow born from the James Bond-attributed spotlight and ‘distinguished gentleman’ fanfare that the DB5 had already paved the path for. It would also crack 150 mph. Production of the DB6 ran until 1971 with 1,967 being produced in that time. Values and recent auction prices for these rare old Astons have gone through the roof with, in some cases, original ‘barn-finds’ fetching outrageous prices similar to those of restored Concourse-quality examples.
For those of us being geographically obligated to bear witness to and feel the numbing pinch of the oncoming Winter, the shoulder-shrumping thought of having to place your seasonal sunny-day-only classic or beloved 2nd car away into hibernation for many months every year is a definite lowlight. Yet, for many (myself included) it also serves as the perfect opportunity to dive into those hard-to-reach areas of your oldie that require many labour-intensive hours of your careful attention – You know, proper Man-cave time behind the wheel.
We see and feel you coming Winter… go ahead then, bring it on if you must.
Photo by: Tim Wallace