Aston Martin DB6

Autobody Notes

“Superleggera” construction. Lightweight aluminium body over steel frame.

Specific History of This Car

The Aston Martin Company was created by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in 1913 with the single-minded purpose of racing. The company name honours the Aston Clinton Hillclimb combined with Lionel Martin’s surname. Post WW1 they made their own cars, quickly gaining a reputation for reliability and speed by setting many speed records.

In 1947 David Brown purchased Aston Martin, and his designs are responsible for the company’s post war success. In 1957 he launched the “DB” initial series offering superior roadholding and power to most of their competitors, and are recognised as among the defining, most skilful automobile designs of their era. The “supperleggera” tag, meaning superlight was derived in part from the aluminium body panels of the DB4.

Between 1965 and 1970 just 1,504 examples of the DB6 were made, they embody the peak of David Brown’s captivating expression of the ultimate “gentleman’s touring” car. The design was a development and maturation of ideas from the DB4GT and DB5 utilizing an extended chassis giving more room to rear passengers. Instead of the DB5s rounded tail, the DB6 introduced an integrated rear spoiler dubbed the Kamm tail.

The Aston Martins were skilfully hand-built by craftsmen, each vehicle took them about 2900 hours to build, hence the small number of cars produced. The DB6 was the ultimate of the DB series, a fusion of style and performance that epitomises the era. With the alchemy of lightweight body, formidable engine, macho attitude and optimal road handling it was a highly-evolved expression of Aston Martin’s proud racing roots and one of the ultimate sports cars of its era.