If you have a thing for 90s Japanese sports cars, then this Autotrader Find is for you. It’s a 1991 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si in excellent condition with only about 24,000 miles on it. A lot of these cars have been modified or just used up, but this one has been very well preserved, and it appears to be completely untouched by any Fast & Furious modifications.
The Final Third-Generation Prelude
1991 was the last model year for the third-generation Honda Prelude. After that, the car got softer curves and fixed taillights doing away with the boxy look and pop-up headlights of the car you see here.
The car was a big hit when it first came out in the late 80s for its spectacular handling, especially when equipped with available four-wheel steering (which this one doesn’t appear to have). It could out-handle much more expensive exotic cars while being an affordable, front-wheel-drive Honda that you can drive every day.
The one you see here is a Honda Prelude 2.0 Si with a four-speed automatic transmission. Don’t be too discouraged that it’s an automatic; that pistol grip shifter is pretty cool. This coupe is powered by a gloriously unmodified B20A4 2.0-liter DOHC inline-four engine with PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection). This engine makes 135 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque in a car that weighs 2,639 lbs.
Now, there was a hotter Honda Prelude Si for 1991 with a slightly bigger engine (a whopping 0.1 liters). But you’re only missing out on 5 horsepower and 8 lb-ft of torque. Also, the bigger engine adds 51 lbs. So don’t feel too bad about missing out on slightly stronger performance with this base Si.
An Early 90s Time Capsule
Aside from some wear on the interior buttons, it’s hard to find any flaws in this car from its thorough photo gallery. The seats are a cool blueish gray color and the interior is loaded with luxuries like a tape deck, a power sunroof, cruise control, and air conditioning. What is this, an Acura?
As for the exterior, it’s finished in a lovely red that is synonymous with Honda sports cars. The stock rear spoiler is beefy yet subtle, and we can’t help but love the pop-up headlights. The wedge-like shape actually gives it a very favorable 0.34 drag coefficient.
This generation of the Honda Prelude was like a poor man’s Acura NSX when it was new, and one could argue that it still is today on the used market. This one is for sale in Milford, Michigan, with an asking price of $24,995. According to the original window sticker in the gallery, the original MSRP was $15,945, which is a little over $30k in 2020 money. This is a modern classic that you could easily drive every day and take to car shows on weekends. Find a Honda Prelude for sale