1967 Aston Martin DB6

Short Chassis Volante Manual

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1967
  • Mileage 
    110 mi / 178 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Electric windows
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    New
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Winchester Blue
  • Metallic 
    Yes
  • Interior brand colour 
    Portland Grey
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol
  • CO2 efficiency class 
    G

Description

DB6 SHORT CHASSIS VOLANTE

This superb car is a total rebuild and restoration of a DB6 coupe to precise factory
Short Chassis Volante specification. The bodywork was supplied by Bodylines with the nut and bolt restoration carried out to concours standard by the well respected marque specialist Goldsmith & Young Ltd.

The paintwork is Winchester Blue and the interior leather is Portland Grey, with a blue mohair hood and blue Boyriven carpets.

The engine has been rebuilt to 4.2 litre capacity with triple SU carburettors. It has a rebuilt five speed ZF manual gearbox and back axle, and new electric power steering. It also has electronic ignition, a new heavy duty starter motor, aluminium radiator and an extra cooling fan.

The suspension is built on a Harvey Bailey set up installed by Goldsmith & Young and all ancillaries have been renovated or replaced.

The original Short Chassis Volantes were produced between October 1965 and October 1966 with only 37 of the models being built. They were based on 37 remaining DB5 chassis and were produced at the same time as the DB6 started production. They were therefore given DB6 chassis numbers.

The model is therefore not only rare but acknowledged as a very attractive combination of elements of both the DB5 and DB6. For example it has DB6 half bumpers front and rear, DB6 rear lights, and oil cooler. The interior trim and leather work is DB6 while the dash board is DB5. It has an original Motorola radio and electric aerial. Overall it is closer to a DB5 but the DB6 additions complement the package extremely well.

It was the first model to be designated ‘Volante’, all previous dropheads simply being called convertibles. The Short Chassis description is accurate in that the DB6 chassis was not shortened due to the use of the shorter DB5 chassis. The car is therefore a model in its own right.

As far as the owner, a long time AMOC member, is aware, this car is the only example in existence of a rebodied and restored DB6 coupe to a Short Chassis Volante factory specification. It was recently accepted as an entrant to an AMOC Concours in the Pride of Ownership Heritage Class.

A full set of photographic evidence of the rebuild is available on volante.squarespace.com, or a booklet is available on request.

In essence, this is a brand new car having done only 110 miles since completion and could with justification be named the “38th” Short Chassis Volante.

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