Aston Martin DB6 Transformed Into Electric Beauty

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The only cosmetic change is a touchscreen that's been "discreetly fitted" into the cabin to monitor the power outlay.

Electric conversions for classic cars are becoming more and more common, with the surgery relatively easy to complete. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.

A "radical idea (that) mitigates possible future restriction of classic auto usage" is how the brand describes it - which is asking rather a lot of the word "radical' given that it has been well beaten to the punch - nevertheless, it promises to do exactly what it says on the tin, and Aston Martin has wheeled out an electrified 1970 DB6 MkII Volante as proof of concept".

Umbilical cords lead out from the cassette to power the car's electrical systems.

The Aston Martin is allowing owners to refit their classics, with with a "package" that makes it electric.

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To mitigate any future restrictions on the use of classic cars, Aston Martin plans to future-proof such vehicles with what it terms "the world's first reversible EV powertrain conversion".

Drawing upon the company's knowledge gained from the Rapide E and upcoming Lagonda models, Aston Martin Works developed what it calls a "cassette" EV powertrain that can be integrated seamlessly into classic models, and is "sympathetic to the integrity of the original auto".

The powertrain, encased in its own cell, will sit on top of the original engine and gearbox mountings.

Aston's conversion offers classic motoring with a social conscience.

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", said Aston Martin Works president Paul Spires. Given the success of the proof-of-concept build, the automaker said it should begin offering retrofits for customer cars in 2019.

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