Care For Bertone’s Freclimber, A Daihatsu Rocky With A BMW Engine? That’ll Be $15,000

Meet the Bertone Freeclimber, a Japanese-Italian half-breed powered by a German turbo-diesel engine. What could go wrong?

According to Dutch Safari, you need to spend $15,000 in order to purchase this 1990 Freeclimber, a repackaged Daihatsu Rocky, modified by Bertone to feature a leather interior, power locks and even optional air conditioning.

Of course, they couldn’t just use any old Daihatsu engine seen as how they wanted it to compete with the likes of the Jeep Cherokee. Their solution was to utilize BMW’s M20 2.0, M20 2.7 and M21 2.4 units.

This particular model features the M21 2.4-liter turbo diesel, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It also has air conditioning and doesn’t seem to be in that bad of a shape, all things considered.

Only about 2,800 units were ever built between 1989 and 1992, which means that the Freeclimber remains a pretty rare classic 4×4.


  • Ilbirs

    A cool small SUV made in a particular Italian method of joining a Japanese body to an European powerplant, but this was made the right way, not like what Alfa Romeo did when made the Arna by joining a Nissan Pulsar body to the boxer drivetrain from the Italian automaker.

  • Bash

    i didn’t expect to see an leather interior!, even though its faux but still, i like it!

  • Mill0048

    I like the “Powered by BMW” badge on the back.

  • fabri99

    Nice, but not at 15k.

  • Miknik

    Oh I remember them, from the time Japanese cars were not allowed in Italy unless they were locally produced with some modification. This was quite expensive when new, and the Daihatsu Rocky body and chasis never mixed with the expensive Italian leather and BMW performance. A weird, rare car, however exactly what makes it an interesting vinatge car….

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