If we're using metaphors, the Sterling was a poorly dubbed Kung-Fu movie. If we're using analogies, the 825 is to English cars as fish sticks are to fish and chips. Not really English and not really Japanese, the Rover 800 series, or Sterling in the US, sought to combine Japanese reliability with rich wood and leather accouterments from ye olde country. Since the Japanese weren't involved with body design, electronics, or manufacturing, the outcome was pretty predictable. Find what may be the nicest 1987 Sterling 825S left on the planet - and it's still got a trash bag over the window - for sale in Everett, WA for only $800 via craigslist. A note on tips: FuelTruck sent in an 827 with not quite enough pictures to post, so another was located. Thanks, FuelTruck for reminding us that these still exist in the backyards of America.
I wish we could see some video of where all the water is puking out as the origin of said liquid could make the difference between fair price and blatant ripoff. Under the hood, nothing looks particularly British. The Acura V6 never left Cowley with 3 SU's or anything, so I'd say there isn't much to be concerned about, aside from the geyser of hot coolant. Please note the 200A stereo fuse tied directly to the battery and consider yourself sufficiently warned about the car in general.
Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.