A 1989 Honda Prelude Si with four-wheel steering, found in a Colorado junkyard

Rodolfo Schellin

The Honda Prelude started life as a sporty-wanting econo-coupe, but steadily acquired additional horsepower and more plushness as the eighties went on. The 3rd-technology Prelude Si was a real manufacturing unit scorching rod, specifically when geared up with the ground breaking four-wheel-steering choice, and I glimpse for these kinds of cars whenever I’m prowling through wrecking yards for interesting parts of automotive historical past. This is a superior-mile 1989 Prelude 2.0Si with the 4WS, identified in a Colorado Springs lawn very last summer.

Honda went to 6-digit odometers in North American-market cars beginning in 1982 and 1983, and lots of of the discarded Hondas I obtain from the eighties and nineteen nineties show impressively superior final mileage figures. This a person came tantalizingly near to the 200k figure.

The paint exhibits the signs of destruction from decades invested in the tough-on-car-exteriors local weather of Front Array Colorado, but the car even now would have seemed very good enough at fifty toes.

Then a hailstorm rolled in, smashing the front and rear glass and dimpling substantially of the bodywork like the floor of a golf ball. Repairing that destruction wouldn’t have been worthy of the charge on a superior-mile Prelude, so the car ended up in this location.

In any situation, nearby 3rd-gen Prelude aficionados would have taken a person glimpse at this gearshift and walked absent.

The 2.-liter DOHC B20A5 engine designed a hundred thirty five horsepower in 1989, which designed the Prelude 2.0Si very speedy for its era (and a person of the greatest-sounding cars of the time as perfectly).

Like so lots of vehicles I obtain in Colorado Springs car graveyards, this a person has Fort Carson parking stickers.

The Prelude’s 4WS method was solely mechanical, with a different steering box on the rear suspension and a shaft connecting it with the key front steering box. It designed the car very speedy in the slalom— supposedly it could beat the very same-12 months Corvette— as perfectly as substantially easier to parallel-park.

On top of all that mechanical technological know-how, the ’89 Prelude 2.0Si came with standard air conditioning, a really very good (by 1989 specifications) audio method, and a cozy inside. 

The classy car for classy persons.

Good-wanting? You wager!

Are these excerpts from Western car reviews flashing on the display screen in this dwelling-market advert?

4WS: an amazing flip of functions.

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