From 1978 to 2001, the Honda Prelude was one of the Japanese manufacturer’s best-selling cars. This sports coupe, loosely based on the Accord, was the direct competition to the Toyota Celica and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Prelude followed Honda’s tradition of naming its cars after musical themes. During the 70s, Honda knew that it needed a sports coupe to compete in the market. By the end of its manufacturing run in 2001, Honda had sold a total of 826,082 Prelude units. It hit its peak with the release of the 2nd generation models, and by the 5th generation, it was selling a fraction of what it originally did due to the release of more affordable cars such as the Civic. Still, the Prelude remains to be one of the best cars Honda has ever made, and here are the top 5 Prelude models of all-time.
1978 Honda Prelude
This was the very first generation of Preludes ever made, and even then, it had such a sleek and cool quality to it. Considered to be one of the oldest Honda brands, this car became the first ever Honda model to have a moon roof. Since 1978, the moon roof became one of the Prelude’s trademarks. The 1978 Prelude had sharp lines and a complete 80s feel to it. Two of the most distinguishable features of this car are the extended headlights. This was the first one of the Prelude model, and the first to make the statement.