Former James Bond Aston Martin DBS stars on Melbourne streets
How did a classic sport car from a James Bond movie end up becoming one Melburnian’s pride and joy? Sigi Zidziunas reveals the story behind his original Aston Martin DBS.
As a teenager growing up in Surrey Hills in Melbourne, Sigi Zidziunas and his friends were self-described “petrol heads”.
They loved driving around the ‘burbs and tinkering with engines, carburettors and exhaust pipes to upgrade whatever car they could afford.
“One of our group’s fathers owned the local mechanical garage, so I used to put my engine in a wheelbarrow and walk it up the street to his workshop to work on it,” he says. “I learnt how to spray paint cars and I painted my old Triumph British racing green. We used to call it the Green Turtle because I couldn’t keep up with the traffic.”
Zidziunas has had many cars since, but his 1968 Aston Martin DBS, which was on display in the foyer at RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort, is his pride and joy.