Rare factory built prototype! 1 of 3 high wing examples. 5,475 original miles!

It's believed to be fewer than 1,500 Sterlings and Sebrings ever built by Al Hildebrand. He purchased Bremen motors out of Indiana and designed the Sebring off the Volkswagen Beetle chassis with Lamborghini styling. The timeless style has allowed these to remain a classic sought after and it is believed that there are less than 500 examples remaining. These were commonly fitted with a Volkswagen drivetrain, but rumor has it that they were available with Chevy, Ford, and Buick small block engines. It was said if you ordered it, they would find a way to make it fit! These cars are lightweight and nimble and a total blast to drive!

EXTERIOR: The exterior is finished in Butternut Yellow. From the side these Sterlings strikingly have similar appearances to that of a mid 80's Lamborghini. Although not quite as elegant, they are just as fun to drive. The Sterling features a solid rigid fiberglass one piece body. It's thicker than Corvettes of that same era and has a very low center of gravity. The paint overall is in good shape. The rear wing on the back makes this supposedly 1 of 3 prototype Sterling Type S with a wing. The paint is cracking along the base of the wing. The wheels are aluminum and show signs of corrosion, however the tires were replaced in 2020 and have few miles on them. The headlights are a pop-up style, similar to a Corvette. This was one of the upgrades made to the “Sterlings” before they became known as “Sebrings.” This vehicle even has fog lights and a giant single windshield wiper. The hatch lid is run off an electric motor and goes up and down by a key fob. The edging of the windshield is delaminating in between the glass slightly but does not affect anything. The weather stripping is still in great shape as well as the clarity of the glass itself.

INTERIOR: The interior is finished in the same gloss yellow as the exterior and has brown carpeting with brown leather sport bucket seats. The leather seats are in great shape with a small blemish to the passenger lower portion that has been patched. The dash is retro and filled with all sorts of gauges. This Sebring is equipped with vents to circulate air, a modern stereo system with single din radio. It has Bluetooth and AM/FM radio as well. In the center of the floor is the Volkswagen shifter with T handle. The side windows on the main hatch do push open slightly to circulate fresh air through the cabin. When you're sitting in the cockpit with the top closed and driving it feels like you're in a spaceship!

ENGINE COMPARTMENT: The engine is in the rear making this a mid engine vehicle. Under the hood is the 2.0L high output flat 4 engine pushing 175 HP it's mated to a 4 speed manual transmission with a HD stage 1 clutch. The engine fits nicely in the bay and leaves plenty of space to work and maintain if needed. There's a Derale oil cooler that's been added as well.

TRUNK COMPARTMENT: The trunk is located in the front, otherwise known as a “frunk.” It's finished in the same yellow color as the rest of the car. It's not glossed over. The trunk lid swings open, similar to the Corvette and Viper hoods. Inside is a reasonable amount of storage space. The only components in there are a strut brace towards the top giving it that extra rigid stability and a fluid reservoir for the power top motor.

UNDERSIDE: Underside has the original undercoating in good shape. This particular Sebring was actually built out of the Coachworks factory and was not assembled at home as a kit car. It's based on a VW chassis with VW drivetrain. It has independent suspension, disc brakes, and a manual steering rack. The dual exhaust comes right off the engine into 4 polished chrome tips all in great shape!

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Options and Accessories
  • 2.0L - 175 HP Engine
  • 4spd manual trans
  • Stereo with bluetooth
  • AM/FM radio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat
  • Power Top
  • Tilt steering
  • Slide bracket seats
  • Dual Exhaust
  • Independent suspension
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