Friday, September 4, 2009
San Francisco Street Sighting: 1987 Sterling 825 SL
In the US, the Sterling 825 and its larger-engined sibling, the 827, were sold between 1987 and 1992 (the 827 was introduced in 1988 and featured a 2.7 liter Honda V6 instead of the 825's 2.5L V6). Rover imported the Sterling until problems with build quality, rust and even the pound-to-dollar exchange rate forced Rover to pull out of the US market.
This car is a 1987 Sterling 825 SL, a first-year model. The SL came standard with power Connolly leather seats, ABS brakes and two-tone paint. It has faired relatively well over the years and appears to be in good condition. Luckily for its owners, the Sterling's mechanical parts are Honda items, so it can be serviced almost anywhere. As long as they protect the body and interior from San Francisco's salty climate, this Sterling should be sterling for a long time to come.