My new motor

Keith Adams

Rover 827 Sterling - and its all mine!
Rover 827 Sterling - and it's all mine!

WHAT have I done? I’ve tried so, so hard to resist the lure of a spare motor and, on the whole, I think 2008 has been better than most in terms of numbers of cars bought. I think it might be less than ten. I think.

Trust me, that’s a good score – for me.

Yup, I must be a bloody masochist…!

As you can see, the car in question is another Rover 800 – this time, a Honda V6-powered Sterling (so it’ll have naff steering and suspension), with one or two heritage issues. If this sounds all too familiar to you, imagine how I feel…

Anyway, so the beast is mine and, with a fresh MoT on it and a bit of tax, it’s ready to pick up from Sterling Automotive in Eastbourne. So, shall I put a whole day to do it next week, not forgetting my AA card? Absolutely.

Again, why am I looking forward to it?

Yup, I must be a bloody masochist…!

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up 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 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.
Keith Adams


  1. Great buy!!!

    Though I think XX 800s look better than R17s, this one is stunning! However, I always wondered how an R17 with an XX bonnet would look like…

  2. Good luck Keith, you have a well proven Honda engine, lot better than a KV6, I recently aquired a late 99 V reg Sterling in Oxford Blue, Ihope it goes well for you. Regards Mark

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