Classic 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Review Mar 1, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Aston Martin DB6 did not have a long run, with model years spanning from 1965 to 1970. Even so, this was more than enough time to leave a lasting impression on auto enthusiasts from around the world. Compared to previous DB models, the DB6 had a bigger wheelbase which meant that four people could actually sit comfortably, more or less. Unlike the DB4 and DB5, it also had split bumpers, a more aerodynamic Kamm tail, and a higher roofline. The Vantage model was a familiar variation that was found on previous Aston Martin DB-series models and as normal, it made the vehicle more powerful.
The appearance of the 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage is particularly eye-catching today but fit into the styling trends of the time. The biggest controversy was the Kamm tail, which had a love it or hate it feel among reviewers and buyers. This tail design was very similar to that found on the Ferrari 250, but people who want the traditional design were disappointed. In our opinion, the tail is certainly unusual with its boxy shape, but it adds to the vehicle’s personality and helps make the DB6 Vantage what it is. It also helped to enhance stability at higher speeds in tandem with the lengthened wheelbase and relocated rear-axle. Compared to previous DB models, the 1967 DB6 and earlier DB6 models had quarter bumpers at the corners, an air scoop for the oil cooler along the front valance, and revisions to the tail-lamp clusters. The chrome wire wheels and other chrome touches add a distinctive touch to this model.
While the regular DB6 provided enough performance for the average driver, people who wanted more power or thrills would go with the Vantage. The Vantage had a 4.0L I6 with 325 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Drivers will never feel a lack of power. This model could get up to 150 miles per hour and go from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. By comparison, the Volante had the same engine but with only 282 bhp and a top speed of 145 mph. The Vantage’s boost of power came from the triple side-draft Weber carburetors and a 9.4:1 compression ratio in the engine.
Finding One Today
While the 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage can be a fun model to drive, and certainly grabs your attention, you will have to be ready to spend some money to buy one today. Only 1,782 DB6s were produced between 1965 and 1970, including the Vantage models. Narrow your choices down to just the Vantage from 1967 and you need to be ready to shell out several hundred thousand dollars, not to mention get lucky enough to find one for sale. But we can’t help but admire this perky grand tourer.