Friday, July 22, 2016

2001 Honda Prelude

Watch out, he's got VTEC was the battle cry of the sport compact scene back in the day.  I still remember when a stock Prelude on sticky tires felt like, and was, a fast car...but probably because a 5.0 liter Ford Mustang only made 150 horsepower on a good day. Times change and the era of the front-drive sport compact is behind us, thankfully. If you happen to be some kind of nostalgia seeking sport compact lover, you can get your freak on with any number of cheap classics from the VTEC era, like this 2001 Honda Prelude offered for $3,450 in Rock Hill, SC via craigslist. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!

The 5th generation Honda Prelude appeared at the tail end of the sport compact boom and was a decently fast car for its day, but totally outclassed in performance a few years later by STIs, Evos, and Mustang GTs. Power comes from a 2.2 liter H22A4 inline 4-cylinder engine, good for 195 horsepower, but that is only when VTEC kicks-in-yo. This one has the 5-speed manual gearbox, which will significantly upgrade the fun factor.

See another slightly bashed up late model for cheap?


  1. Are these good cars to drive? I saw a similar one down the street from me for a similar price and it got my wheels turning.

  2. They were highly rated back in the day as being all around poised performers. Even the Fast N' Flatulent crowd can't kill them.

    Now, one note, handling may be diminished a tad with the addition of 8" diameter wheels splayed at 35 degree angles and no visible signs of an operational suspension.

    1. Noted! I'll be sure to counteract the negative effects of too much camber by adding mega downforce!

  3. I'm sure Vince will get to it shortly but here it is in the mean time:

  4. I would love one of these as a run around beater that's fun to drive. Pretty cheap too!


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