FOR a generation of kids growing up in the pre-SUV world of the 1980s, the Sierra was unfeasibly cool, with its convertible configuration, forward-folding windscreen, and rugged, go-anywhere attitude.
That US versions were called the Samurai and later gained a reputation as rollover-prone death traps only enhanced the Suzukiís rebel image.
A modernised descendent of the 1970 LJ (Light Jeep) 10 series that came to Australia as the LJ50 in 1974, the popular Sierra even begat a short-lived Holden derivative called the Drover from 1985 to 1987.
The Sierra name remained in most international markets until the third-generation Jimny arrived in 1998, retaining the separate chassis and dual-ratio 4x4. In India, however, the old Sierra lives on to this day thanks to Suzukiís joint venture with Maruti, which has seen the Sierra-based Gypsy in continuous production since 1985.
Still in demand, the Gypsy is exported to New Zealand as the Suzuki Farm Worker. However, Kiwis please note: the Marutiís inability to meet safety regs means it cannot be driven on public roads. Sierraís still a rebel to this day. Respect.
Could become Suzukiís Defender if it hangs around long enough
"Highlights with your root perm, dahling?Ē
Maruted if you rolled one