News : The last Sterling for sale on eBay?

The last Sterling on sale on eBay

The last Sterling on sale on eBay

A former automotive journalist has decided to part with his Sterling 827SLi. The rare five-door in question was a former member of Sterling’s press fleet in the USA, and it’s claimed to be the last one ever sold in the States. 150,000 miles or so later, it can be a proud part of your fleet. It’s not too late for you though, so head over to eBay Motors to check out what is probably the finest example of this dying breed while it lasts.

In the description on eBay motors USA it states: ‘As I was a motoring journalist back then, publishing a car magazine of our own, I had this “Quicksilver” 827SLI delivered to our offices in ’91. We drove it for a couple months, then it went to Road & Track, then Motor Trend. It was returned to us to be used as our long-term test car. But in August 1991, Austin Rover Cars North America (ARCONA) gave up the effort to sell a British-made, Japanese-powered car sold through American (Cadillac)  dealerships. A great car, but poor planning. I then bought the car directly from ARCONA.

This car was called the “Silver Bullet” as Sterling techs prepared it a bit better than the normal off-the-showroom model, to fare well in the competitive road tests of the day.

This was our everyday car for many years, then became a second car for the family. We’ve loved it this past 20 years, but it’s time to let another owner care for it the next couple of decades. The actual mileage is unknown as we have to replace the speedometer and the only used one we found had a lot more miles on it than our car. So it now reads over 220,000, but the true mileage should be closer to 150M.’

Is this the next car for our Richard Truett?

Link: Sterling on eBay Motors

Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.
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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007. Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

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  1. Michael Jolly says:

    Thats quite a fine looking car, in the wrong country for me but it has good looks about it.

  2. Richard Truett says:

    It is not…but I may have driven this car…Back in 1991, I did a feature story for AutoCar and went down to Miami. I met with Graham Morris that afternoon. Afterwards, he handed me the keys to his own personal Sterling, one EXACTLY like this. There were very few 1991 5-door models sold in the USA in 1991. Fewer than 50. It’s very likely that the one car used in the press fleet saw some service at Sterling headquarters. I’d have another one of these cars any day. But…with a 5-speed ‘box. Likely none exist in US Spec.

  3. David 3500 says:

    This is an interesting car as its ‘enhanced’ specification comprising of colour-coded bodyside mouldings, bumper moulding strips and front bib spoiler, together with the fitment of the rear aerofoil from the Vitesse, 16-inch Rover-Sport alloy wheels and sill skirts from the TWR Exclusive Body Styling package, mirrors the enhancements introduced for the UK market during the run-out phase of the ‘XX’ 800 Series.

    There was also a Sterling Vitesse 5-door model sold in North America, with one example even appearing on the television series Dallas driven by the character April Stevens’ sister (I think her name was Michelle).

    I hope this example finds an enthusiastic new owner who will continue to cosset it.

  4. TophaTron says:

    I love this line from the auction:

    “As a bonus, the purchase price of this British classic includes a complete spare, driveable Sterling 4-door, which I used as a donor for small bits and pieces through the years.”

    Two for the price of one!

  5. alexscott says:

    we had an 827 Vitesse in this shape with the spoilers – body kit it was a great looking car I miss and I think this is what MG are missing today, their car is not great looking, the Vitesse has star figther looks how cool is that!

  6. andrew patrick says:

    I sold BMW,s in Miami in 1988 when these Sterlings as they were known came onto the scene, they were much more comfortable than a BMW, but I remember the electric seat buttons being tiny and flimsy it was a shame because I liked the car but it’s build quality would not have boded well in the States and before you knew it they were gone and what was there relagated to banger status.

  7. Will M says:

    Big European sub-‘Premium’ marque saloons and hatches really didn’t catch on in the US in the late 80s/early 90s.

    Mostly due to exchange rates and differing tastes.

    Sterling, Merkur (mk3 Granada and XR4-T-i), Peugeot selling their last 405/505, Renault/AMC Medallion, Alfa (164). All tried but failed.

    • True Brit N US says:

      I remember Henry Butts Oldsmobile in Dallas TX got the Sterling dealership for Dallas. A large dealership, and the prices soon were a bargain compared to the Acura (Honda) Legend, but the price could not shake the ‘Knight of Darkness’ reputation. Sad, really, and they did not have long until they pulled out of the US.

  8. Andrew says:

    The early 800 was the best looking Rover.

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