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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1952 Sterling Stein

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One-off 1952 Sterling Stein for sale on From the seller’s description:

A Pingel designed all-steel bodied two seat open roadster, built in 1952, and a survivor over time. It never had the top developed which help explains its remarkable condition, you just couldn’t store it outside. Reportedly it was driven around during the 50s in west Duluth, MN before it was put into storage in the back of a bus.

Thought by the very few who have had contact with the car… the Sterling-Stein was to be a sports car to be produced for Sterling, a struggling heavy duty truck company. Four cars were initially planned but it appears only one car was built. It’s a stunning design, similar to the Allard K2 and the Jowett Jupiter, but arguably more beautiful. No paperwork exists from the defunct Sterling Company which ceased operating in 1953, but the car, originally on a Wisconsin title is titled as a 1952 Sterling. Sterling was a Wisconsin company from 1906 to 1953.

When the car was found in the 1970s, it sported a 4 cylinder engine and a three speed manual transmission. It was updated with a Ford 170 inline 6 cylinder engine and a C4 transmission and a Ford 9″ positraction rear end. During that period some other updates were made as well, including to the steering wheel and the taillights.

The body as earlier stated is all steel construction and it is solid. The car runs great but its steering and braking are marginal at best. Always a crowd favorite at car events, many mistake it for a French or British classic.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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