Welcome to this listing for my Mk1 Rover 800 827 Sterling auto. This car is finished in Azure Blue metallic (with the two-tone grey lower half) and complementary Flint full leather interior.
At the outset please make no mistake - this isn’t a “buy and show” car. Although mechanically in excellent condition with MOT until May 2020 it does require cosmetic work to take to the next level. It does however drive beautifully and ride very well. If you're looking for a perfect car to show - see my other listing for an immaculate 820SE. If you're interested in a usable project 'rolling improvement' car then keep reading.
This car is a 1989 Mk1a 827 Sterling. Being a Mk1a model it comes fitted with the smaller bumpers, the early (and working) six dial dash, larger trip computer (working with no bleeding screens) and electric rear seats. Yes, a thirty year old car which has working electric rear seats!
Electrically everything works. The AC used to blow cold but lack of use meant the gas evaporated. It may require just a regas to work but it may require more work - it's safe to assume it won't 'just need a re-gas', but you might get lucky.
Mechanically it goes like absolute stink. Being an early Mk1, it is fitted with the high compression Honda C27A V6 engine. As many of these tend to do, when cold it sounds a bit tappety if you start it and leave it running but when warm it quietens right down. The car drives superbly and has plenty of power throughout the rev-range. The automatic gearbox changes smoothly and without fuss, and in "S4 sport" mode, can surprise many modern cars...
The issues it has are purely cosmetic. Any structural issues I’ve had dealt with in the past - look back at the MOT history online and you’ll see what it has failed on and what has duly been done. Rear suspension arms have been replaced, sills welded (properly) and everything done to keep this car on the road.
In order to make this car perfect it requires a replacement driver's side front wing and ideally some doors. The doors are generally good but have some minor rust patches on them. I can send photos of the bad bits if you wish, before coming to view. Please note that I have all of the parts available to replace the panels over (this would save a lot of messing around if you were minded to do a full respray). These can be available at extra cost should you be interested.
The paintwork is what I'd honestly call a 'ten paces car'. When polished up it looks quite respectable but if you want perfection, it will require paintwork. There is no lacquer peel but the boot lid has suffered from micro-blistering and there are areas of “run marks” where rain water has gradually worn into the lacquer over the years.
Bear in mind this isn’t a car that’s spent it’s life being cosseted unlike my also for sale 820SE. It has been used for the purpose intended and so looks as you’d expect a 30 year old Mk1 Rover 800 to look like. Bear in mind that most of these have long since dissolved back into nature, this one has survived pretty well.
To make the car good we’d be talking a re-spray paint job and swapping over doors and wings. It was always my intention to do this but in the six years I’ve owned it it’s not happened and I don’t think it will. Life has just gotten in the way and with a fleet of other classics and a desire to get some different cars I have decided it is time to let someone else take this honest old car on.
The panels I have are not included in the sale, but are available under separate negotiation.
The alloys it sits on are not the ones it left the factory with. When I bought the car it was sat on Mk2 wheels so I acquired this set of Mk1B Prestige wheels which look far more in keeping. Tyre condition is excellent (4 Kumhos all round).
Please be aware that at some point in the cars life it has been subject to a “total loss” claim - there is a note on the V5C that it had been “substantially repaired”. It has however been inspected and I have the V5C available so there are no problems with taxing or using the car whatsoever.
Bearing in mind in the 90s/00s one of these could be written off just for needing a bumper so given the car's age it never bothered me. As I say, the car has been checked and there are no signs of major accident damage or repair.
Early Mk1 Rover 800s, particularly in Sterling form are few and far between. Yes this car needs work, but none of the work required would prevent you using or enjoying the vehicle on the road.
I will be taking the current the registration number off of this car (due to sentimental reasons). It will therefore be given a different F registration number.
There aren’t many Mk1A Sterlings around these days so for an MOTd car that is drive away and use, this is a splendid base.
Price wise, I’m looking for £1,750. Please don't send any messages with derisory offers or asking swaps - I have no time for that. If you are interested and want to come and view, please get in touch.
Location is Devon/Somerset border - nearest town is Taunton which has British Rail mainline station, and is off M5 J25.
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