Background and Identification
The Honda Prelude is a sports car produced by Honda, a Japanese automaker, between 1978 and 2001. The Prelude is a two-door coupé that was based on the Honda Accord over five generations. It features a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. Honda used the Prelude to introduce Honda Verno, the Japanese Honda retail sales chain. Honda ceased production of the Prelude in 2001 with the introduction of the Honda Integra DC5.
The Honda Prelude was launched in the Japanese market in November 1978. In Japan, it was only sold at the newly established Honda Verno dealership sales channel. The Prelude’s four-wheel independent struts, engine, and brakes were shared with the first-generation Honda Accord. The Prelude and Accord were the first Honda cars with engines smaller than two liters to include standard power steering. The Prelude was also the first Honda vehicle with a power moonroof as standard equipment. The power moonroof eventually became a Prelude trademark.
Honda vehicles are identified by the Honda emblem, which portrays an ‘H’ inside a soft-cornered rectangle. Prelude vehicles also include the Honda Prelude emblem, which includes the name “Prelude” in capital letters. The trim level is often included on the rear of the car, located opposite the Prelude emblem.