From 1987 through 1991 ARCONA (Austin Rover Cars Of North America) imported a rebadged version of the Rover 800 series as the Sterling 825/827 for the US market. Under the skin are the bones of an Acura
Legend and the Sterling used Honda V6 engine mated to the front wheels. You hardly ever see a Sterling on the road anymore and probably mistake it for an Acura if you don’t notice the badge, but they sold about 36,000 of the sedans in 6 years of production. Find this 1989 Sterling 827 for $950 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Sterling 827 is powered by a 2.7 liter Acura V6 that puts out 177
horsepower into the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The US market Sterlings were built at a Honda factory in Japan, so you might be pleasantly surprised at the build quality of a vehicle associated with 1990s British Leyland. Many mechanical parts (engine,
trans, steering, suspension) are shared with the Acura Legend, but the
body and most interior parts are all Sterling specific – so try
and find one that isn’t missing any trim parts.
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