Westrand Car Show - Sterling 827 Sedan


Today – 6th June 2019 marks the 141st anniversary of the death of the Reverend Doctor Robert Stirling.

Reverend Stirling, apart from being a man of the cloth was quite an engineer and followed in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather who were both engineers and inventors. Reverend Stirling invented the Stirling Engine. It is a much more efficient than an equivalent steam engine. It’s far too complicated for me to explain how it works. Those of you engineering/mechanical types who want to know about it you can read all about the Stirling Engine here. With animated drawings it makes interesting reading.

Kerrie en Rys Stalletjie Pannekoek Stalletjie

That lead me to look to see if there was, by any chance, a Stirling Car. There isn’t. But there was a Sterling Car made in America.

The Sterling was marketed in the US by Austin-Rover Cars of North America, which was a division of the Rover Group of the UK. The company’s name was changed to Sterling Motor Cars. The Sterling was built and sold from 1987 to 1991 in three models – the Sterling 825, Sterling 827 and an up-rated 827 called the Sterling Oxford.

The Sterling was based on the Honda Acura Legend and was well accepted by Americans – they had the best of British trim and finish and the best of Japanese engines and transmission. There were some quite new technical advancements in the Sterling but poor finishing, corrosion, electrical and other problems impacted negatively on the car’s reputation.

American automobile rating agencies dropped the Sterling to the bottom of their ratings despite the Honda Acura remaining high on the same lists.

Sterling were only fitted with V6 petrol engines. 350 limited production Oxford Editions were also available in 1990. They were upgraded 827s. ver 35000 Sterlings were sold in the 4 years and they are still sought after as collection items because of the connection to Honda Acura and the availability of spare parts.

If you own a vehicle built in 1999 or earlier please enter the Westrand Car Show –

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Sterling 827 hatchback – Sumosloths [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Sterling 825 Sedan – Taxiguy57 [Public domain]
Sterling 827Hemmings Auctions 
Reverend Robert Stirling – [Public Domain]