'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.
In 1958 Aston Martin introduced its DB4 model, the first of a line which culminated in the DB6 built between 1965 and 1969. A key factor in the success of the DB6's DB4 progenitor was general manager John Wyer's decision that the new car be styled in Italy, rather than by the works, and the commission was superbly executed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. The platform chassis was the work of Aston Martin's chief engineer Harold Beach, while the new twin overhead camshaft engine had been conceived by his colleague, Tadek Marek, and race tested in the DBR2 sports-racer before its production debut in the DB4. With the arrival of the DB5 in 1963, engine capacity was upped, by enlarging the bore from 92 to 96mm, from 3.7 to 4.0 litres and this power unit was carried over to the DB6 for 1966. Power output on triple SU carburettors was 282bhp, rising to 325bhp in Vantage specification on triple Webers. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was offered alongside the standard ZF five-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time power-assisted steering was an option.
The DB6 differed principally from its immediate predecessor by having a longer wheelbase. This meant more room for rear passengers, making the DB6 more of a family man's car and helping it sell better than the earlier models in the series. The bodywork was distinctive, with a slightly higher roofline than the DB4 and DB5, and featured an aerodynamically efficient abbreviated 'Kamm' tail.
Introduced at the same time as the saloon, the DB6 Volante convertible marked the first occasion that this evocative name had been applied to a soft-top Aston Martin. The stylish Volante offered four-seat accommodation and was generously appointed with leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets and an electrically operated hood. After 37 Volantes had been completed on the shorter-wheelbase chassis of the outgoing DB5, the convertible model adopted the DB6 chassis in 1966 and was first displayed in this form at that year's London Motor Show in October.
In the summer of 1969 the Mk2 DB6 was announced in saloon and convertible versions. Distinguishable by its flared wheelarches and DBS wheels, the DB6 Mk2 came with power-assisted steering as standard and could be ordered with AE Brico electronic fuel injection. When DB6 production ceased in 1970, a total of 1,575 saloons had been made, plus 178 of the long-wheelbase Volante convertibles (140 Mk1 versions and only 38 Mk2s).
One of only 38 DB6 Mk2 Volantes made, this beautiful right-hand drive example was sold new to one R B Hinton, London in March 1970. In June 1973, second owner Edward Glikstein of Coventry bought the DB6, which five years later passed via H R Owen to the next owner, A H Faridany of London. Shortly thereafter, in March 1979, the car was sold to its fourth owner, J E Beckett of Manchester, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor in August 1983 (receipt on file). By this time, the DB6 had been repainted by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd from Azure Blue to Light Sky Blue, the work being carried out between March and July 1977. AML's bills for the restoration are on file (totalling £8,300).
In 1991, the Volante was restored again, on this occasion by HB Developments of Guildford, who are shown to have spent 1,000 man-hours on the refurbishment. Between 1996 and 2000, the car was serviced annually by HWM, Walton-on-Thames. In 2001, Aston Martin specialists Trinity Engineering carried out a rebuild of the engine top end, plus suspension, etc as evidenced by bills on file totalling £21,000. Trinity Engineering have serviced and maintained it since, their bills for the period 2001 to 2016 totalling circa £58,000. Significant works carried out during this period include installing new chassis outriggers and new brakes in 2009, and fitting new wheels in 2016. In addition to the aforementioned extensive invoices, the Aston also comes with every MoT certificate from 1979 to 2018 confirming the 50,560 miles covered from new. MoT'd to June 2019, it is offered with a copy old-style logbook and V5 registration document.
Always maintained regardless of cost, '3769/R' is very well sorted mechanically and has a delightful patina resulting from years of careful enthusiast ownership. Offered for sale for the first time in 35 years, this very rare and beautiful DB6 Mk2 Volante represents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most exclusive and highly sought after of post-war Aston Martins.