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#1 Preludedude

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:15 PM

Been wanting to get another Prelude for a while now....

Had a 1995 from 2002-2009. Sold the Prelude in March 2009, and bought my silver Conquest in May 2009.

Been without a Prelude for 12 years now. But I have been searching all over the USA for a CLEAN unmolested 94-96 Prelude, and 100% of cars I see are ragged out and trashed by teenagers.

Finally found one. I was searching OLD FB posts in Prelude groups and saw where a guy was bragging about buying his car in October 2019, and it was MINT and garaged all its life. Its a rare 1 year trim package also with only 130k miles. 1995 Prelude SE (special edition). The trim levels were S, Si, VTEC from 93-96, but SE was offered in 1995. It came in 2 colors--GREEN and CHAMPAGNE, and the only Prelude that came with ivory leather interior. Very rare model.

So I sent him a message. He said not for sale. I made him a very generous offer. He said nope....

2 weeks later out of the blue, he said "well ok"....

So its coming to SC in 3 days. He is delivering the car also voluntarily. My offer was that good I guess. :)

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#2 tsi_tom

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 09:32 PM

Looks really good!  Congrats!
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Posted 18 March 2021 - 08:09 AM

Good looking ride!   Congratulations
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Posted 18 March 2021 - 08:37 AM

Wow, that's an awesome story!  Really happy for you.  Glad it worked out and you can validate your namesake again.

I remember the first time I ever rode in a Prelude.  I was interning at the time at a custom development place, I believe it would have been 98, or 99.  There was a girl co-worker there who had a green (like a dark-green) one, not sure if it was an SE or not.  She had it since new, it was only a few years old.  I remember thinking "WOW, I'd never buy a Civic, but I do like these".  Very nice car.  I also rented a S2000 for a day around 2007-08 for a day and drove it all they over to Princeton, NJ.  That was a lot of fun - very high revving.  That's about the limit of my Honda experiences.
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Posted 18 March 2021 - 09:31 AM

nice

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Posted 19 March 2021 - 05:29 AM

Awesome dude! Which version H series is in that? It is amazing you found one of those in that condition.

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Posted 19 March 2021 - 06:10 AM

View PostTurbo Cary, on 19 March 2021 - 05:29 AM, said:

Awesome dude! Which version H series is in that? It is amazing you found one of those in that condition.

H23A1.  2.3L 160hp

Iím just excited because itís 100% original.  Thatís like impossible after 26 years.  I had been eyeballing a few different cars for around $2500-$3500 and adding up the costs to return to stock since it was impossible to find one original.  I would have spent $2k-$3k to really clean those up. So I kept that price in mind when searching for a really clean model....

But I was searching old FB posts within the Prelude group, and there it was posted 2 years ago.  Message the guy to ask questions and he was really cool. But rejected any notion of selling it.  I asked what he paid, and I made a fair offer over that.  I probably paid a little more than I should but you CANT find another one like it...

It gets delivered tomorrow at 12.  I canít wait....

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Posted 19 March 2021 - 06:55 AM

Congrats!   I always liked the preludes.   That was probably the best looking generation, before they added the large headlights.   I was always partial to the 80s preludes though, I guess I just have that era stuck in me.  I like the boxes.

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Posted 19 March 2021 - 07:01 AM

congrats car looks super clean
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#10 Preludedude

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Posted 21 March 2021 - 07:24 AM

Brought it home yesterday:

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Posted 22 March 2021 - 06:59 PM

I'm no Honda guy, but liked the oddness of this gen prelude. Especially the clean functional interior, with that funky dash
Nice score.... good on you
I'm actually liking those 2017ish Honda Ridgeline pickups too

#12 Preludedude

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 03:06 PM

View Postjinx, on 22 March 2021 - 06:59 PM, said:

I'm no Honda guy, but liked the oddness of this gen prelude. Especially the clean functional interior, with that funky dash
Nice score.... good on you
I'm actually liking those 2017ish Honda Ridgeline pickups too

The dash is what drew me in when I was 16yo...It was the coolest dash, and still is....

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 03:31 PM

As cool as that is from the factory, it's fun to imagine what a restomod would look like with a full width LCD screen behind there.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 07:58 PM

Congrats. I've always dug the prelude, pretty much all generations of them.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

<SOS> http://sosmanuals.minagera.org/
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Posted 30 March 2021 - 10:18 AM

For insurance....

I called my current Insurance "Horace Mann" as that is who I have my truck and wife's car with.  They would only insure the Honda Prelude for NADA value which was $3700. I told him that would not be sufficient. I asked about "Classic Car" and he said they provide that also through another company. So he checked and called me back. The outside company would insure it up to $5000.  

Still not good enough for me....

So I checked here on the forums, and everyone mentioned Hagerty's. So I called...

I got "Classic Car" insurance with no "defined" mileage limitations, although I told them 3,000 or less per year was my expectation. NO DEDUCTIBLE EVER. And also "Cherished Salvage", so if the car gets totaled, I get to keep the car without having to "buy it back" from insurance after they pay out.

So the total is $498/year ($41.50/month).....

*Insured for $8,000
*No deductible ever.
*If totaled, I get $8k check and keep the car.

I'm pleased with the coverage, and I will be insuring my Conquest the same way when I get it back from the 1JZ swap.

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 09:58 PM

Good to hear, I have Hagerty coverage on my car as well. They are a stand up company.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

<SOS> http://sosmanuals.minagera.org/
<SQ Garage> http://www.starquestgarage.com/

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 10:55 PM

My favorite year. Really nice find.
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