alright, first gen prelude and by far the coolest looking generation. love those block taillights and those rims look pretty good. copper orange is a real good color for this car.
First OPC post that I've let out an audible gasp at
What! Explain! I believe you, but actually want to get in on that thought process and enjoy the ride.
There are posts to which my first reaction is "looks great," and posts where I think, "what IS that?" This was both at once, and looking at the first picture I thought "mutated 80s descendant of a Volvo P1800" for just a split second, and then I saw Honda, which made no sense... where's the H? I've certainly never seen a Honda with a honeycomb grille like that... and what's with the Ferrari wheels? An apple sticker? This must be a daily driver. And I thought the Prelude I knew was the first generation, it turns out it has roots... If I had to guess what this was, I honestly would say one of a few prototypes made of an 80s revival of the aforementioned Volvo. Lengthen the hood and from the side it could be a baby Ferrari 412 with those wheels...
The Pajero was the OPC I was the most stunned about. My reaction was just like What??! I actually like the four-door Montero that was added better but it's not nearly as extremely rare.
honda had some paint colors around this time that almost seem designed to look better as they weathered in over the decades. like this prelude, and this and this.wonderful. great comments here, too.
I don't know how I know this, but the '82 Prelude is when they added the "H" to the grille, the last year of this generation.
Preludes were one of the reasons I became a 'car guy'. I had a hot wheels of this car, I remember thinking how cool it was. I have loved every generation of the Prelude, and am very sad its not in production anymore.
The wheels really fit with that color, I dig it.
Tony, I know what you mean about the paint. My '80 Accord was burgandy originally but has faded into a pearlescent rose champagne color. People ask me if it's custom!
Based on the paint color and one-year-only side mirror design, that's a 1980 model. The color name is Longleet Gold metallic. (I have an '80 Accord in the same color.) Love the Honda Accessory wheels, too!
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