Suzuki Sierra (1981-)

DEADWALKING

Donít fall on this Samuraiís sword

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.

34 YEARS

AGE IN HUMAN YEARS

241

AFTERLIFE

Could become Suzukiís Defender if it hangs around long enough

HIGHLIGHTS

"Highlights with your root perm, dahling?Ē

LOWLIGHTS

Maruted if you rolled one