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That would depend on what you like, surely? Performance wise there is not too much separating the two, so it comes down to whether you prefer a coach built English GT or an Italian prancing horse. Both are great cars and if I could afford to have one of each I would have one of each...
 

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The Aston. Really looking at the power of these cars doesnt mean much at that age. Get what you like as you wont be competitively racing it.
 

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Having looked around a bit, it seems that the DB 6 and the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 are commanding roughly the same price. The Ferrari is a 12 cylinder car vs an 6 for the DB 6. Both are 2+2 seating. Which would be the preferred choice ?
This is another interesting choice...
Performance doesn't matter much when taking a look at the cars right now, however if going by the time these cars were released:

The DB6 (normal spec) was behind the Ferrari 365 in performance
The DB6 (Vantage spec) was quicker than the Ferrari

The Aston was also insignificantly heavier than the 365, however the driving dynamics have improved compared to the DB5...


However I do believe that the output would very widely for both cars back then, some having more and some having less power...

The engines are about equal in outputs despite the cylinder differences, the Ferrari's runs smoother, but the Aston had more low down torque... which is interesting, because the Ferrari has the displacement advantage in this comparo. The two cars had ~ the same compression ratio,but the Ferrari's unit would be more revvier, so a bit more stressed under high performance applications...the Ferrari would be the one to incur more running costs it seems to me...

Personally the DB6 Vantage wins by a slim margin for me, as much as I appreciate the 365...
I have judged by the aspects I expect to see in a GT and this is the decision I would have made in the late 60s
The Ferrari would appeal more as a collectors car as it has racing connections (the Daytona win)
 

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well put

That would depend on what you like, surely? Performance wise there is not too much separating the two, so it comes down to whether you prefer a coach built English GT or an Italian prancing horse. Both are great cars and if I could afford to have one of each I would have one of each...
well put oscar but i still feel italian horse is more of show...
 

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This is another interesting choice...
Performance doesn't matter much when taking a look at the cars right now, however if going by the time these cars were released:

The DB6 (normal spec) was behind the Ferrari 365 in performance
The DB6 (Vantage spec) was quicker than the Ferrari

The Aston was also insignificantly heavier than the 365, however the driving dynamics have improved compared to the DB5...


However I do believe that the output would very widely for both cars back then, some having more and some having less power...

The engines are about equal in outputs despite the cylinder differences, the Ferrari's runs smoother, but the Aston had more low down torque... which is interesting, because the Ferrari has the displacement advantage in this comparo. The two cars had ~ the same compression ratio,but the Ferrari's unit would be more revvier, so a bit more stressed under high performance applications...the Ferrari would be the one to incur more running costs it seems to me...

Personally the DB6 Vantage wins by a slim margin for me, as much as I appreciate the 365...
I have judged by the aspects I expect to see in a GT and this is the decision I would have made in the late 60s
The Ferrari would appeal more as a collectors car as it has racing connections (the Daytona win)
db6 vantage is definitely a better choice
 

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That would depend on what you like, surely? Performance wise there is not too much separating the two, so it comes down to whether you prefer a coach built English GT or an Italian prancing horse. Both are great cars and if I could afford to have one of each I would have one of each...
english GT is still a better choice
 

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db5

This is another interesting choice...
Performance doesn't matter much when taking a look at the cars right now, however if going by the time these cars were released:

The DB6 (normal spec) was behind the Ferrari 365 in performance
The DB6 (Vantage spec) was quicker than the Ferrari

The Aston was also insignificantly heavier than the 365, however the driving dynamics have improved compared to the DB5...


However I do believe that the output would very widely for both cars back then, some having more and some having less power...

The engines are about equal in outputs despite the cylinder differences, the Ferrari's runs smoother, but the Aston had more low down torque... which is interesting, because the Ferrari has the displacement advantage in this comparo. The two cars had ~ the same compression ratio,but the Ferrari's unit would be more revvier, so a bit more stressed under high performance applications...the Ferrari would be the one to incur more running costs it seems to me...

Personally the DB6 Vantage wins by a slim margin for me, as much as I appreciate the 365...
I have judged by the aspects I expect to see in a GT and this is the decision I would have made in the late 60s
The Ferrari would appeal more as a collectors car as it has racing connections (the Daytona win)
driving dynamics of all aston cars are good.
 

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Having looked around a bit, it seems that the DB 6 and the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 are commanding roughly the same price. The Ferrari is a 12 cylinder car vs an 6 for the DB 6. Both are 2+2 seating. Which would be the preferred choice ?
For me it would be the Aston as its just a better looking car IMO, and it benefits from the iconic family resemblence to the DB5 from the front.

Although the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 has a wonderful engine , that particular Pininfarina styling job was not one of their most significant and it looks awkward from some angles.

A good compromise between the two would be to spend more and get a DB6 Vantage, the Webers add the missing exotic snarl that the Ferrari V12 engine has.
 
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