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
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics 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 unfeasible adventures all across Europe.