SOTW: Honda Prelude

There are some things that, no matter how dated they are, will always look like they are from the future. Even if that future turns out not, in fact, to exist. The Sinclair C5 is one such item, the robot from Lost In Space is another. And the fourth generation of Honda Prelude is another.

It is so of its time that it cannot be mistaken for a design from any other era than the early 1990s - and yet even now the Prelude looks somehow futuristic. The swooping dash, the impossibly low-slung snout; it's all just how we thought cars would look now. They don't, of course, and that's part of the appeal - a Prelude seems like a little slice of a future that could have been.

Now that little slice of the Super Nintendo-era vision of tomorrow is comfortably available for Shed money. And it wasn't just the looks of the 90s Prelude that was all hi-tech either. Although the pop-up lights had by now disappeared, the Prelude still featured four-wheel steering and a clever and revvy 2.2-litre Vtec powerplant (in top-spec trim at least). There was even an in-dash telly available as an option for Japanese customers.

These days, 183bhp doesn't sound like all that much from 2.2 litres, but it was still enough to chuck the Prelude along at 140mph, and to reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.1sec, a figure that remains quite acceptable.

This particular example is a full UK car with a decent service history and only 2 previous owners - which is good. Unfortunately, the vendor neglects to mention the mileage - which is (possibly) bad.

More annoying still, somebody has had a mild fiddle around with Honda's original design, fitting a de-cat Remus exhaust system, some aftermarket alloys and an induction system.

The alloys don't come with the car, however. Or rather - they do, but the owner wants another 300 quid for the dubious privilege of owning them, thus pushing the whole thing beyond the thousand-pound reach of Shed. But then we'd probably rather take the original wheels any way...

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1995 Honda prelude 2.2 vtec in malachite green (Pearl Green)

Fantastic facelift UK car with loads of extras and the famous vtec engine.
For anyone who has owned a honda prelude vtec will know just how fast and reliable they are.
The easiest way to describe the vtec system is like a small turbo boost at 5250RPM - giving you the full 190BHP power!

Features the car has -
- Full LCD dash with the Electrolumiscent Speedo and rev counter
- HKS induction Kit
- New Full Years MOT
- Full Stainless steel De-CAT exhaust with Remus Backbox
- Front Strut Brace
- Upgraded one peice Polycarbonate JDM headlights
- Optional Team Dynamics 17" Shadow chrome alloy wheels all with TOYO Proxes
- Electric Sunroof, windows and mirrors
- Cruise Control
- Power Steering
- 4 Wheel Steering
- Euro Sideskirts
- CD Player

History -
The car is a UK car so easy to insure and has 2 previous owners.
The car has FULL service history and this does reflect in the quietness of the engine and the speed of it.
I have owned many a prelude in the past and this comes up there with the best of them and is easily as fast or faster than a JDM prelude as well.

Bodywork -
The bodywork is in great shape - its the malachite green pearl colour and if you look into the paint on a sunny day there are a variety of colors in there!! - no major marks or dents or scratches either.

They normally suffer with very bad rust issues!! This prelude has none really - very small tiny rust as per the pics and a small amount on the sunroof.
The car is pictured with basically new - 17" Team Dynamic Alloy wheels - all with newish toyo proxes tyres - if you want them with the car they would be £300.00 extra - if not then it will come with the standard alloy wheels pictured all with great tyres as well.

Overall the car is becoming a rare sports coupe - its drives fantastic with a responsive engine and great gearbox.
First to see will buy as its a great example

P.H. O'meter

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  • Vic Cooper 30 Dec 2010

    Never been a fan of the jap interiors, but I quite like the shape. Would be a motoring icon with RWD I guess.

    Edited by Vic Cooper on Friday 31st December 00:56

  • EDLT 30 Dec 2010

    That was put up early!

  • obscene 31 Dec 2010

    I quite like that! Agree with the first post about that if it were RWD it'd be a motoring icon.

  • y2blade 31 Dec 2010

    my uncle had one for a couple of months...good shed yes

  • Garlick 31 Dec 2010

    EDLT said:
    That was put up early!
    It is Friday......just about smile

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