By the 1960s, Aston Martin had built its reputation in England and was known for its racing models. The focus during this era was on grand touring style cars. The company has had a checkered history when it comes to finances. It has changed hands and is now under new ownership, but this does not appear to affect quality and reputation to any degree. If anything, it keeps getting better. Vintage Aston Martins are in the highest demand among collectors and enthusiasts and we are going to explore some amazing models from the 1960s era.
Most of the six-cylinder engines during this period were Tadek Marek innovations until 1965. Popular models that were produced during the early part of the decade include the Lagonda Rapide, the DB4 GT Zagato, and the Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante. Two others that followed in the mid and late 1960s were the DB6 and the DBS.
A closer look at each of these treasures reveals why they are so highly prized to this day.
1. 1964 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon
The Lagonda Rapide was produced between 1961-1964 in luxurious sporty four-door styling inspired by the 1930s model. David Brown remained committed to the Rapide and took a personal interest in promoting his baby to the word while reiterating his goals and ambitions in print advertising literature.
The 1964 Lagonda Rapide is powered by a 4.0L straight 6-cylinder six-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts. This year brought with it the addition of Dion’s tube rear suspension with servo-assisted disc brakes and a 3-speed automatic gearbox. Aluminum alloy body panels overlap the tubular steel frame. Leather upholstery with a walnut top adorned the interior. What really makes this car special is that it was built by hand to the customer’s order and request. With 55 of these cars on the market, only 48 have been located. The new price is comparable to $ 143,030.
2. 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
The DB4 GT Zagato is named after Ercole Spada at Zagato, who instigated the modifications to create a car that was the ultimate in light weight, more compact in size, and featured better aerodynamic design. Over one hundred pounds of total weight were reduced by removing all unnecessary parts and replacing some steel components with lightweight aluminum. Twenty-five is the total number produced.
The body and chassis are grand tourer class with a coupe body style; 4-speed manual transmission with 3,670 cc DOHC 6 straight engine; 2,701 pound curb weight. It reaches 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds of acceleration with a top speed of 154 miles per hour. The engine was updated from the previous 3.7-liter. Fuel consumption is 17 mpg on average. The asking price for this rare and beautiful car is $ 2.4 million.
3. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 / 1741 / L
This car was made popular by its appearance in the James Bond films “Skyfall, Goldfinger and Thunderball”. The original car’s asking price was $ 4.6 million in 2010. Other versions that haven’t had the same illustrious history cost between $ 640,000 and $ 1,350,000 today.
Two body styles to choose from, including a 2-door hatchback coupe or 2-door sedan; the engine is a 6-cylinder SU 3995cc / 282hp 3x1bbl; 5-speed manual transmission; Maximum speed of 142 miles per hour and speed ratio of 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds. Speed and performance improvements were made throughout the year.
4. 1966 Aston Martin DB6
The successor to the DB5, the DB6 made its appearance in 1965 with improvements to the Marek engine line, longer wheelbase and higher horsepower. The rear suspension was also improved for better handling and overall road performance over its predecessors, the DB5 and DB4.
The engine is a Marek 6 in-line DOHC 2-valve / displacement 3995 cc design valve train with improved horsepower in the latter part of the year; 282 hp at 5500 rpm; The body is constructed with a steel body on a steel frame; The front and rear RWD brakes are disc with rack and pinion steering. The median sale price is $ 247,000 USD.
5. 1967 Aston Martin DBS
The DBS is the commissioned replacement for its predecessor, the DB6. Before their launch in 1967, the prototypes were designed with the help of William Towns. The car was originally intended to feature the new V8 engine, but there was not enough time to perfect the design of the new …