Aston Martin DB6 models were built between 1965 and 1970, replacing the DB5. The 5 models are more valuable than the 6, one reasong being that the DB5 was the last street car Aston Martin produced using what the Italians termed the 'superleggera', or 'super light' tube-frame construction method. Perhaps the infamous Maserati Tipo 63 race car known as the "Birdcage" was the ultimate expression of superleggera car-building. The DB6 was the first Aston Martin built using the more-common body-on-frame method of building. And as if to forever remind DB6 owners of Aston Martin's abandoning of the superleggera method, the DB6 was certainly no lightweight at over 3,400 pounds, and was equipped with a 4.0 liter straight-six engine producing a claimed 325 horsepower.
But how does one follow a legend? The poor DB6 will never be able to top the DB5. Author Ian Fleming gave his James Bond hero a DB Mark III in his seventh Bond novel, Goldfinger. A long association between 007 and the marque began on screen with the silver DB5 that appears in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965).
The company's name is derived from the Aston Clinton hill climb in the UK, and one of the company's founders, Lionel Martin. From 1994 until 2007 Aston Martin was part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group. In March, 2007, it was purchased for $848 million by two Kuwaiti investment companies in a deal led by David Richards of Prodrive, a private firm which builds race cars to order in several series, including World Rally, Formula 1 and LeMans Racing. Ford retained a $77 million stake in Aston Martin, setting the total value of the company at about $925 million.