Friday, August 5, 2011

1991 Sterling 827SLi - Ex Press Car

I'm pretty certain that the "Dave" who is selling this car is Dave Destler, the one time publisher of British Car magazine. I subscribed to that magazine for many, many years.

I remember an article or two about this car. I remember thinking how it looked like an updated version of my SD1. I remember thinking how sad it was that even with Honda's help, Rover couldn't make a car that was reliable and screwed together well.

The ironic part is that by the time this car was built, Rover (Sterling) had addressed most of the car's early faults. The 827 was far better built and far more reliable than the 825.

In my opinion, the hatchback 827SLi is much better looking than the 825 / 827 sedan. In its (short) day I thought it was one of the nicest looking 4 door cars sold in North America.

This car was the last Sterling press car. It has every available option. The seller bought it directly from ARCONA (Austin Rover Cars of North America). He estimates that it has around 150,000 miles on it (the speedometer has been replaced). It has a few very minor flaws - the type of stuff that comes with age - but is still very, very nice looking.

The Sterling's Honda mechanical parts are still available through your local Honda / Acura dealer. Parts specific to the Sterling are getting tougher to come by, however. The seller is including a "bonus" with this car; a "complete spare, driveable Sterling 4-door" that you can use for parts.

Located in Woodland Hills, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

8 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

These Sterling hatchabacks were Sooo cool! and they didn't sell many here, mostly the 4 dr sedans which I DID have, mine was also a 1991, The engine and transmission were Awesome! The rest of the car not so much, I eventually gave up on it when the brake master cylinder went out and there was in intermitant Yes it will start, No it won't start problem. Probably wouldn't have been a difficult fix but by then I was Over the whole experience!

kashgar216 said...

I saw two different Sterlings in the last month! They were driven by a couple of young ladies who I'm sure have no idea of the trivial significance of their rides.

m4ff3w said...

As much as I hate FWD, I'd buy an 827SLi for my wife.

There is (was?) and identical one at the local Pick-n-pull here in San Antonio.

JT said...

Funny isn't it, that Rover was just 20 years ahead of their time with this design. Only now is the luxury hatchback catching on again with the Audi A7. I remember my friend's mom had a special edition version of this car. It was BRG and had beautiful pigskin suede seat inserts. Fun car indeed.

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that they used the name Sterling, instead of Rover, and the car didn't do well. Hondas are excellent automobiles,but they don't have the polish of a Rover, one would think that the mix of Japanese quality control and British attention to fine detail would produce an excellent car.. I drove a Rover in Japan and it was a great car.......

Blair Russell said...

This has been the hot car of the day. Besides it being mentioned here, it was referenced on Jalopnik in its Question of the Day AND it was mentioned as the eBay Find of the moment on Autoblog.

m4ff3w said...

Actually, JT - Rover was more than 30 years ahead of their time. The 827SLi is very similar to the Rover SD-1 in shape and purpose.

kyng said...

I saw an exact replica of this car in Tampa, FL around the 98-99 era when I owned my Merkur Scorpio, and 2nd to it this is one of my favorite designs of all time VERY sharp car.@JT There was also that special edition that you speak of in one of the local U-Pull-it's in Florida while I was there....come to think of it I saw quite a few sterlings when I lived there, even an Oxford Edition once. Wish I could afford to buy and maintain an SLi today cause I would have a few of them, then again I'm a gluttons for punishment (former 2x Merkur Scorpio owner haha)