The 1983-1987 Honda Prelude was bigger and better than the first generation. The new for '83 Prelude had a lower nose for a sportier look and improved aerodynamics. A new double-wishbone suspension made a lower hood-line possible and also helped make the Prelude one of the best handling front-drivers available at the time.

The 1983 Honda Prelude coupe, part of the 1983-1987 Honda Prelude line of collectible cars.
1983 Honda Prelude coupe.  See more pictures of classic cars.


In '84, discs replaced the rear drum brakes. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual carbs was carried over from the previous car. In late 1985 the Si joined the base model. The Si added a fuel-injected 2-liter engine, alloy wheels, and an upgraded interior. The new engine offered better drivability and felt stronger than its 10-horse increase suggested.

Pluses
of the 1983-1987 Honda Prelude:
  • Handling
  • Well-built
  • Smooth-running engine (Si)
Minuses of the 1983-1987 Honda Prelude:
  • Handling comes at the price of a rough ride
  • Lacks excitement
  • Too plain to be noticed by the collector's market in the near future
Production* of the 1983 Honda Prelude:
41,188

Production* of the 1984 Honda Prelude:
66,924

Production* of the 1985 Honda Prelude:
75,938

Production*
of the 1986 Honda Prelude:
79,841

Production*
of the 1987 Honda Prelude:
72,708

*U.S. calendar year sales.

Specifications
of the 1983-1987 Honda Prelude:
Length, inches: 68.9-172.0
Weight, pounds: 2,266-2,379
Wheelbase, inches: 96.5
Price, new: $9,987-$15,475 (U.S.)


Engines
for the 1983-1987 Honda Prelude:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohc I-4112 cid
1001983-1987
ohc I-4120 cid
1101985-1987

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