1965 Aston Martin DB6

Short Chassis Volante


  • Baujahr 
  • Automobiltyp 
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Chassisnummer 
  • Motornummer 
  • Losnummer 
  • Lenkung 
  • Zustand 
  • Innenfarbe 
  • Innenausstattung 
  • Anzahl der Türen 
  • Zahl der Sitze 
  • Standort
  • Außenfarbe 
  • Getriebe 
  • Antrieb 
  • Kraftstoff 


French title

- Equipped with original engine
- Only example delivered in Autumn Gold
- The most exclusive Aston Martin cabriolet
- Very rare original left-hand drive example
- In the hands of same owner for nearly 30 years
- 1965 Los Angeles Motor Show car

This sublime cabriolet occupies a special place in the Aston Martin range. It was the first model from the Newport Pagnell marque to use the name " Volante " and is one of very few from the David Brown era without " DB " in its title. " Volante " was used on all subsequent Aston Martin cabriolets, and this extremely rare model was identified as a Volante "Short Chassis". It incorporated the best features of the DB5 and DB6. The DB6 had a new style of chassis with a longer wheelbase, while the Volante remained faithful to the Touring " Superleggera " method, with bodywork attached to a frame of fine steel tubes, and was based on the DB5 "short chassis". However, it was equipped with the larger, more powerful DB6 engine and some of the DB6 bodywork features such as two-part bumpers and Triumph tail-lights fitted onto DB5 wings.
Launched at the same time as the DB6, the Volante was in production for just 12 months between October 1965 and October 1966. Only 37 examples were built, all convertible, left and right-hand drive together, making this one of the rarest and most highly sought-after road-going Aston Martins, and possibly the rarest convertible ever built by the marque.

The car in the sale has the distinction of being exported to the US in December 1965 to be displayed at the Los Angeles Motor Show. With a manual five-speed gearbox, it was painted " Autumn Gold ", with beige Connolly leather upholstery and a beige Everflex hood. The build sheet states it had chrome wheels, electric aerial, Britax seatbelts and, rare feature for a European car, air conditioning by Normalair.
According to the son of the current owner, the car was acquired at the start of the 1990s from a major British collector living in Singapore, and sent to Patrick Godet to be restored in his workshop. Godet was known for his love of Vincent motorcycles which he expertly restored. It was through this shared passion that the current owner joined forces with him setting up a high-level restoration workshop that expanded to include the restoration of British collectors' cars.
During the extensive project undertaken on this car, lasting several years, the engine was fitted with triple Weber carburettors, a feature of the more powerful Vantage version. The superb original colour scheme, Autumn Gold and beige interior, has been conserved.
Driven sparingly, this car has been stored in England in recent years, with mechanical work carried out where necessary to ensure it continues to run properly.
Today, this exceptional car, presented in original colours, retains its special equipment including Normalair air conditioning. The passenger compartment features an impressive Blaupunkt Montreux radio and large speaker. Meticulously restored, this Volante has the charm of a top-of-the-range cabriolet with the elegance of Italian coachwork, the power of a fine 6-cylinder engine and the exclusivity of an extremely rare version. It is the only example to have been delivered in this colour and is one of a small number of original left-hand drive examples, making this a truly exceptional car.

Full set of pictures available on our online catalogue: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1965-aston-martin-short-chassis-volante-4058-24