Honda introduced the second-generation Prelude in November of 1982. Larger and more expensive than the first-gen model, the second-generation Prelude continued to offer buyers a sportier, more exciting alternative to the popular Accord sedan.
The second-gen Prelude retained the long front end and the short decklid that characterized its predecessor’s silhouette but it wore an aerodynamic design with a low hood and pop-up headlights. The typically-1980s cockpit was given a more squared-off look with easy-to-read analog gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel that sometimes housed the cruise control switches.
Early second-gen Preludes were offered with a carbureted 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that sent 100 horsepower and 104 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmissions. Buyers who preferred the comfort of an automatic gearbox could order a four-speed unit at an extra cost.
The Prelude was upgraded several times with features such as four-wheel disc brakes early in the production run and an innovative four-wheel steering system that was available in select markets. In 1986, Honda introduced a range-topping Si-badged model that was powered by a fuel-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 110 horsepower and 114 lb-ft. of torque. The slight bump in power was more than a little offset by an additional 133 pounds (60 kilos) added by the larger engine and extra equipment such as standard air conditioning.
Production figures suggest the mk2 model was the most popular Prelude by a long shot. Many examples have been driven into the ground by a never-ending series of owners and a quick look at the classifieds in Europe and in the United States reveals even a relatively clean model can be had for less than a grand.
Will second-gen Prelude values go back up, or will they stay where they are?