Prince William, Aston Martin DB6, Royal Wedding, 2011
OK, so who knew there would be a sports car angle to the royal wedding?
Eschewing the traditional horse drawn carriage, the young prince borrowed his dad’s 1969 DB6 Mk2 Volante for his last ride as a single man and their first ride together as a married couple. Ya gotta admire the guy, that’s style. And, considering the fact he got her to go for it too—the boy got pretty serious game on top of it.
The Aston was a gift to Prince Charles on the occasion of his 21st birthday from the Queen Mother herself (Elizabeth). For the gearheads amongst us, and uh, you know, to make you feel OK about reading about the wedding of the century (so far); the ’69 DB6 Mk2 is powered by a 4-liter double overhead cam inline six producing 282 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 273 ft-lbs of torque at 4500 rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Its top speed is quoted at 150 miles per hour and the Aston is capable of an eight-second run to 60.
Of course, in parade mode, William got nowhere close to that.
Originally introduced in 1965 at the London Motor Show, the DB6 model is particularly notable for being the first Newport Pagnell produced Aston—following the company’s move from Feltham. The open version of the car (Volante in Aston-speak) was debuted in 1966 at the London show.
Built back in the days when it took three moths to construct one car (Astons were formerly hand made, all the way down to hand formed body panels), the DB6 Mk2 Volante is an infinitely collectible car. Typical examples of this Aston are valued in excess of $200,000. Of course this one, now that it’s ferried the royal couple to and from their wedding, in addition to being owned by Prince Charles (and presumably eventually by Prince William) is pretty much priceless.
For anybody interested, here's a link to the original sales brochure for the Aston.