5 May 2015

Classic Classified: 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage

From: Car Collector & Car Classics

Date: December 1979

Price then: $50,000 ($162,000 adjusted for inflation - about the cost of a new 2015 Maserati GranTurismo today)

Price now: $316,000 - $482,000

Approximate dollar difference: $320,000 (assuming #1 condition)

Approximate annual rate of  return: 3.1%

1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII. Vantage engine with triple Webers. Beautiful, rare model. Bahama ywllo, black leather upholstery. Valued investment. $50,000.

The DB6 was one of the final Aston Martins of the much-celebrated David Brown era. While the DB6 is not as celebrated as the DB5 (much to do with the James Bond connection), this example is equipped with the noticeably more powerful Vantage engine and therefore the more desirable version of the DB6. The asking price back in 1979 was certainly steep, meaning that much like today, a used Aston  isn't in everyone's price range. While this car probably didn't make the new owner much money above the normal inflation rate, it has done better than many British sports cars, which tend to appreciate at a slower rate.

2 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Chris Wales UK May 14, 2015 at 12:29
    It's beautiful, but then, ALL Astons are beautiful.
  • 2
    Will Samples Dallas May 14, 2015 at 00:58
    I had a DB6 in the 80's. Worst POS I ever owned. Parts were outrageous, assuming you could get them. The car was a pig, big and lumbering. Build quality was a joke. It was not at all dependable. The distributor would not stay in place and popped out once a week or so. The car was my daily driver. Got to where I did not even bother to use a timing light when I re-installed it. I just got it close and stabbed it back in. Timing the ignition was a joke, timing marks were on bottom front of engine, distributor was at top rear. You had to jack up the car and have 2 people to time it. Sold the car for $15K after 2 long years of ownership. It was in nice driver condition and I could not get rid of it fast enough. Bought a 280SL and never looked back. Why the DB6 is worth so much now I have no idea.

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