4/19/11

Aston Martin DB6

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Sometimes life makes you gifts, you can have the car or the girl, and more rarely both, my buddy "S" is lucky and he used it well ...
Which one will be the hardest to keep at home?










Shot with Hasselblad and Kodak Ektar 100




This DB6 Mk1 automatic is in its original Dubonnet red with black leather trim and black carpets.

This is a 1966 automatic with matching numbers and an odometer reading of 96,000 miles. Annual MoT certificates dating back to 1977 suggest that the mileage is genuine.

It was restored around 10-15 years ago.

History of the DB6
The DB6 was announced and shown to the public for the first time at the London Motor show in October 1965 and shares its general specification with the DB5.
The most obvious difference between the DB6 and DB5 were changes made to the rear body, the rear spoiler or KAMM tail and the lengthened wheel base to realise a 4 seat capability, reduced cost of production and an improvement in performance through reducing drag and lift at speed. Other changes led to modification to the front to reduce lift, improve cooling and this led to the fitting of quarter bumper bars as opposed to the full width ones fitted to the DB5. The use of unequal length trailing arms for the rear axle, required to enable the adoption of an increased wheelbase, also had the benefit of increasing the rear end roll stiffness which further improved the general stability of the new DB6.
Despite all of the modification for the DB6, weight was only marginally increased and the no cost option of a full Vantage specification engine realised a performance for the DB6, which rivalled that achieved by the DB4 GT some years earlier and never achieved with the DB5.
On the road, the DB6 is noticeably more steady and in general use, a more comfortable car with noticeably better internal room for driver and passenger alike. General handling is at least as good as the earlier DB5 and the ride generally is more controlled and comfortable. All in all, the DB6 though planned as an interim model, had indeed achieved a worthwhile gain over its predecessor, all be it at the expense of some of the purity of line exhibited by the DB4 and 5.
While the general specification of the DB6 resembled closely that of the DB5, its achievable maximum speed went up to 148 mph from 141 mph with correspondingly improved acceleration.


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2 comments:

matt machine said...

beautiful....and lovely shots vincent...

Kirk said...

That is a stunning vehicle and the shot of the interior is just amazing. Thanks for posting these.