5th Jan 2005, 23:51

HI everyone, happy new year. Yes, we're in january 2005. I was just gifted a Honda Prelude SN 1980. It reads 116'000 kilometers (72'500 miles), looks clean, no rust, engine with no oil leaks, maintenance book shows all services done properly, some parts have been replaced (thermostat, belt, etc.) It slept for ages until the owner passed away. I am familiar with old cars (Volskwagen van 1978 currently) so it wasn't too difficult to start it gently, and to drive it back home. I was amazed how clean it is after 25 years. Well I think as a second car it will do perfectly... Now we will put it over the lift and check the whole baby.

Take care!

13th Apr 2007, 20:58

Hi my name is Leo. I just bought a 1980 Prelude 1.8L 1750cc, speed manual, 71,000+ miles. Its color red and it came from Okinawa Japan so the stering wheel is in the right side of the car. Yes the passenger side driver is the driver, LOL!!! most of the little emblames are in Japanese, not all. It's an awesome little car even though I've only had it about a week. I purchased it 4/9/07 and I've only driven it a hand full of times. I'm writing this comment on 4/13/07. The car has a few things I am going to fix or to say it better restore the ride. It needs new paint, some surface rust, the back seat is torn up from the top, that's the only thing wrong with the interior. I wish it had the original radio. It also has the rear view mirrors way in the front of the front quarter panels. Have many things to say, but don't know how to put them into smaller comments, so this will be it and thanks for reading this.

7th Mar 2008, 05:32


I Absolutely love the generation 1 Honda Prelude. I don't know why, but its one car that has just stuck in my mind since childhood. I have found one which is very very rare and hope that it runs OK, but I have not had the chance to check it out properly yet. I intend to restore it back to its former glory and problems just keep it or depending on my circumstances I might just sell before restoring, but will get it through an MOT (UK thing).

Keep these cars alive as well as the old Celicas, these cars are awesome!!!

22nd Dec 2008, 18:43

I have a Honda Prelude GST MK1 experienced minor damage in 1994 would like to restore, are there places that have parts available for this model, does anyone out there know? I don't want to get rid off done under 55K. Can still start after such a long time.

5th Jan 2009, 01:21

I bought a 1980 red Prelude in 1981, and loved it so much I got another one just like it for my wife.

We both have been kicking ourselves since we sold them.

Oh what I'd give to have another one.

We had a blast every where we went, and loved the moon roofs in those wonderful cars. Honda always makes the best.

I don't know how many we've owned, and never have any trouble with any of them.

Rick Graham

Vancouver, WA.

3rd Jun 2009, 20:20

I am 42 years old UK guy and I have owned 3 of these when I was 18, 24 and 32. I too wished I had never got rid, but we all make mistakes!!! I'm like the other English dude, I have had 2 older Celica's too, an ST 185 GT4 and an ST 182. If you want to sell your MK1 Prelude e mail me on clemo809@hotmail.com


19th Jun 2009, 14:19

Dear lovely Prelude lovers from diverse points of our old Earth!!! I read all your topics and my modest smile on my lips got more and more in form of a laughter! I like my grey chakal at least as much as you do for your own chakals or anything else you would like to call!! I am an architect and please believe, this is an amazing car design!!!

3rd Mar 2010, 00:05

I just bought an 81 Prelude 1st gen original and near mint condition for $2200.

27th Apr 2010, 13:13

Maybe my comment will make you smile. I don't know what music you guys like, but I was listening to a song by Mr. Oizo called M-seq on the internet and in the video was this really cool car. After doing some research, I discovered it was a Mk1 Prelude.

Ever since seeing this video, I have craved this car and the more I do research on it, the more good things I hear about it. I know they're getting old now, but they still seem so cool.

10th Sep 2010, 15:12

I have just bought a mint condition mk1 Honda Prelude EX 1.8 model with electric heated mirrors / windows.. air con / power steering / Hondamatic transmission. Bronze red with beige interior. 1 lady owner from new. Garaged all its life. 82000 kmh.. I paid 2700 for it. It's just replaced my WRX and I'm loving every minute. It's my third one, and I don't know whether to do it up or not, as it's so mint. No rust etc as new.. any suggestions please would be appreciated... MW Essex..

24th Nov 2013, 11:27

I'm trying to restore and do a little engine upgrade to my 80 'lude, but I can't find anywhere to get parts or pretty much anything for it.... Some help would be amazing.

25th Nov 2013, 10:23

Salvage yards and wrecking yards have many of the parts you need, at great prices... You just have to do the foot work. Many cities have salvage yards that tend to group together in one part of the city or county. Many have Honda only parts, Toyota only parts, GM only parts, or a salvage yard can have many different car parts. In some cases they have so much stuff, they don't always know what they have. So if you can, take the old part with you for comparison.

11th Feb 2015, 01:48

Ha ha ha!! I have managed to buy the last manual silver (all the others were the same too) mark 1 Prelude in the UK according to DVLA. I have had her 2 years now, and she looks and goes great. I'm a happy old man.