Honda has released numerous versatile models of its cars, but the 1993 Prelude was one of the company's more notable innovations. The automaker had previously focused on sedans, but this was the first time emphasis was put on a coupe in the 1980s and early 1990s. While the Prelude was fairly popular during its initial years of release, sales eventually waned and the model was discontinued in 2001.
Initial Era (1979-1982)
Honda manufactured a preliminary version of the Prelude beginning in 1979. This model used the Civic as a general prototype for the body of the car. Like the Civic, the Prelude also had a one-piece chassis (the steel frame of the car) and a front-mounted anti-roll bar that was designed to diminish rolling and to serve as a rod for the radius of the front suspension.
The modifications to the Prelude of this era included a more sophisticated, higher-powered engine and the signature "pop-up headlights" that were so popular in the 1980s. The size of the hood on this version of the Prelude is also horizontally larger to make room for the revamped engine.
Final Version (1988-1991)
The culminating adjustments to the Prelude of this era were not enough to bolster its waning sales. In fact, it was almost too similar to the previously crafted Prelude, with the same pop-up headlights and engine size. About the only feature of note on this incarnation of the vehicle was its four-wheel steering and more aerodynamic design (allowing for less drag and less noise on the road).
While the Prelude continued to be manufactured through 2001, few improvements were made to the vehicle that made it stand apart from other coupes. The engines were bulkier with more cylinders, making the car heavier and less sleek looking.