As with its predecessors, the DB6 was announced at the London Motor Show and whilst the design parentage of the DB6 is clear, there were many changes from the outgoing DB5. Visually, the most noticeable difference was the Kamm tail, a design feature that had been successfully trialled on the Project 214 and 215 sports racing cars which improved stability at higher speed and reduced drag.
The 5-speed ZF gearbox of the later DB5s was continued for the DB6 which, when combined with the Vantage specification engine, offered a truly exceptional Grand Touring package of style, comfort and speed.
Finished in Midnight Blue with Connelly Oxblood hide, chassis 2878/R is an original UK RHD Vantage, leaving the factory with a Webasto sunroof. The engine was rebuilt by Fourways Engineering who bored it out to 4.2 Litres. At the same time the head was converted to unleaded, with Cosworth pistons, Carello connecting rods, VC camshafts and an electronic ignition fitted. After the usual running-in period, the engine showed 315 lbs of torque – considerably more than a standard Vantage! This power is kept in check with Harvey Bailey suspension upgrades, including AC Cobra hubs and twin-pot calipers.
Regular service work has, over the years, keep this fine DB6 in fine fettle. The most recent bill on file for around £4,500 is from Trinity Engineering, work that included rebuilding the Weber carburettors.
This DB6 Vantage is in the most desirable of colour schemes, has some sensible upgrades to make it a fast, safe and reliable Grand Touring Aston and is available to view at our showroom at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.