1979 Honda Prelude

Honda Prelude

The Honda Overture was a figurehead roll thrust I4-engined coupe that was manufactured by Honda betwixt 1978 and 2001. It spanned 5 generations of cars but was discontinued upon the dismissal of the fourth-generation Honda Integra in Japan in previous 2001, due to its decreasing sales and popularity.

1979 Honda Prelude

The Preliminary’s repeated contender has been the Toyota Celica, another I4-powered coupe introduced various age anterior to the Preliminary. End-to-end the Eighties, it was challenged by the Nissan Silvia, Isuzu Momentum, Mitsubishi FTO, Mitsubishi Cordia (late the Occult), and the Mazda MX-6.


The outset genesis Overture was released in 1978, and was the 3rd independent modeling in Honda’s advanced card, connection the Civil and the Treaty. Styling of the car was a compounding of both so flow Civil and Agreement. The Overture was weaponed with a 1751 cc SOHC CVCC I4 locomotive that produced 72 hp and 94 lbf-ft of torsion with a 5-speed manual infection, and 68 hp with a 2-speed robotic called the Hondamatic.


1979 Honda Prelude

The secondment multiplication Preliminary was released in 1983 and was initially useable with a 1.8-litre 12-valve carburated locomotive, producing 100 hp, and fire shot was introduced in 1985 – in the “Si” models. In Japan, Asia and Europe, it was useable with a 2-litre DOHC 16-valve PGM-FI locomotive, although this locomotive was not released until 1986 in Europe. The indorsement genesis Overture was the beginning to let pop-fly headlights; this allowed for a more streamlined breast which rock-bottom draw. Hatchway the headlights nevertheless, peculiarly at higher speeds, produced more puff.

When the 2-litre 16-valve DOHC locomotive came out, the hoodlum was somewhat limited since the bigger locomotive could not be fitted below the broth hoodlum. The European variant besides saw slim modifications to the taillights and revised presence and arse bumpers which were now color-matched. Due to the jolly low angle of the car (1,025 kg) and highschool ability (the 16-valve locomotive produced 137 hp) the car was astonishingly spry, something almost Preludes were not in comparing to their competitors, until the VTEC engines came out.

1979 Honda Prelude


1979 Honda Prelude

The 3rd contemporaries Preliminary was standardised to the secondment contemporaries, withal it gained four-spot cycle guidance on around models, also as a 2.0 L SOHC carburated locomotive, an optional B20A DOHC EFI locomotive, or a slightly-larger B21A1 in 1990 and 1991.

The foursome pedal guidance organisation on the one-third coevals preliminary was an sinful composition of technology in itself. As of 2006, it is the just 4 cycle guidance organisation on a output car that is wholly mechanical in its innovation; that is, thither is invariably a engineer mechanical connectedness ‘tween the wheel and the arse wheels. This substance the quartet pedal steering-equipped Overture was visceral to ride, dissimilar about over-the-counter 4 roll steerage systems in which the ass wheels were controlled indirectly by a figurer.

1979 Honda Prelude

The thirdly coevals Overture too had about new international designs deserving mentioning. The hoodline was intentional to be the last-place hoodline of any forepart rack thrust car in the man, allowing for bettor onward profile. The draw resistor was at of high-velocity constancy.

Another unequalled morphological ingredient of the tierce multiplication Preliminary was the high-strength metallic victimised in the 6 ceiling pillars. The ceiling pillars were so slight that well-rounded profile was surprisingly unclutter for 326°. Approximately vociferation this Preliminary the “sister NSX” due to around usual figure cues betwixt the two cars, such as the splendid advancing profile via a low hoodline, a front resemblance, the abatement attributes (big manipulation with a polish rag).

In 1987, Route & Racecourse promulgated a essay sum-up that shows the 1988 Honda Overture 2.0Si 4WS outslalomed every car of that twelvemonth, including all Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Porsches. It went done the slalom at 65.5 mph, which was awesome in those years. For citation, the 1988 Corvette did the like at 64.9 mph.

The Overture was Wheels cartridge’s Car of the Yr for 1987.

1979 Honda Prelude

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