16. Sterling 825
If you don’t know what the Sterling 825 is, nobody can blame you. Although they marketed themselves as the next big thing in the luxury segment on the American market, Sterling is a forgotten brand. They didn’t have a chance to leave their mark and moved to the margins of automotive history. However, Sterling has an interesting story. Basically, it was a British company they established in the late ’80s with Honda’s capital and Rover’s design. Back then, Honda owned Rover and wanted to enter the American market with a luxury model.
So they envisioned building the Sterling, a luxurious car they would base on the Acura Legend. That may sound like a strange combination, but the finished product looked nice with a stylishly-designed interior. Also, it got decent power from a Honda V6 engine. After its introduction in 1987 and promising sales numbers in the first few months, the first problems showed up. The Sterling was poorly put together, with troublesome electronics, and even developed rust issues. Honda tried to improve the production process, but there wasn’t much they could do. So, by the early ‘90s, the Sterling 825 was gone but nobody was sad about it.