The 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante was the first model ever made, and is coming up for auction later this year. The post-war classic is considered by many to be the last 'real' Aston Martin, and was launched in 1965 at the Paris and London Motor Shows as an update to the DB5. Although Royal patronage of the marque undoubtedly helped DB6 sales, as did its DB5 predecessor's appearance in the James Bond movies 'Goldfinger' and 'Thunderball', the car arrived at a difficult time for Aston Martin, with the home economy in a parlous state and the US market subject to ever-more restrictive legislation. 

Photography: Bonhams

The vehicle has been extensively refurbished by specialists RS Williams Ltd and Aston Martin Works, and is now in mint condition. Should you wish to bid, come with a big bank account, as it’s expected to fetch somewhere between $900,000–$1,200,000 at Bonhams' Aston Martin sale later this year. Good luck.