1996 A Honda Prelude 2.2i Vtec, 49454 Miles, Last Owner 18 Years SOLD
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An amazing Honda Prelude 2.2i Vtec with 49,454 miles and last owner 20 years.
Electronic 4-Wheel Steer (4WS), body coloured door mirrors and handles, body coloured rear spoiler, side impact protection beams, progressive crush zones, integral safety cage, high-tech multi-reflector headlamps, power sunroof, FLT (Fluorescent Light Tube) gauges, sweep-across cockpit, air-conditioning, cruise control, alarm system, dual SRS airbags. Dealer accessories; Upgrade alloy wheels, headlamp protectors, tailored floor mats.
The aerodynamic curvaceous lines of this top of the range Forth Generation Honda Prelude are beautifully accentuated by the Pacific Blue Pearl paintwork, (Code B-68P). The fastidious long-term gentleman owner insisted on strict garage storage, he was truly fanatical over his pride and joy and even fitted genuine Honda headlamp guards upon purchase. The paintwork boasts a deep glossy shine and uniform finish, and all factory panels are beautifully straight with even shut lines. Small age-related markings and touched in stone chips to the original paintwork are only very minor, and there is a small blemish to the sunroof edge and a scratch to the driver’s door mirror. All trim sections are immaculate and the supplying Honda main dealer number plates remain fitted. An amazing preserved and unmolested example, without question one of the best examples in existence.
The futuristic cabin of this sporting Prelude was hugely ahead of its time with Fluorescent Light Tube gauges and sweep-across cockpit, a very distinctive design. The plush figure-hugging sports seats in Graphic Black Moquette, (Code Type-A), are as new with no rips, sagging or UV light damage. Turn the key and you are treated to an exciting array of bright lights and graphics, perfectly positioned to inform the driver of vital readings as well as the all-important 4WS light extinguishing as it should after initial start-up. Totally standard in every respect, even down to the original Pioneer KEH-P4000 stereo and tailored Prelude floor mats. Originality seekers will note colour code and build stickers in the door shuts, boot and under bonnet, as well as factory etching to all glass panels. To find such an unmolested and preserved example is very rare indeed, this is a really special car.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Honda’s innovative Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System (VTEC) unit optimises torque at low rpm and horsepower at high rpm. The precision tuned naturally aspirated 2157cc engine produces 183bhp and 212Nm torque with the VTEC switchover point and resulting power peaks occurring at 6800rpm and 5300rpm respectively. A top speed of 140mph and 0-62 dash in just 7.1 seconds is quoted in the marketing literature. Precision steering accuracy is facilitated by Honda’s unique development of Electronic 4-Wheel Steer (4WS), a system which operates perfectly in this example. The driver’s choice five speed manual gearbox is light, exact and perfectly tuned to capitalise on the engine power bands.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The optional 15in premium alloys wheels are in perfect original condition aside from two miniscule chips to one wheel rim, and the Honda centre caps are as new. Quality matching Avon ZV1 tyres have excellent tread remaining. Absolute confidence can be assured with front and rear disc brakes with electronic four-channel anti-lock assistance to bring the car up to a steady halt.
An incredible history file with one dedicated fastidious owner since the car was just 18 months old! Registered new on 1st August 1996 by Honda Main Dealer Westgate Motors of Grimsby, the first owner was BJB Lift Trucks Ltd. In February 1998, avid Honda enthusiast, Mr David Pool, purchased the car from Chatsworth Honda in Derby. A vehicle order from and sales invoice from Chatsworth Honda illustrates the price paid in 1998 of £18,499 with £3,000 part exchange allowance for Mr Pool’s Third Generation Prelude. With a Honda Civic performing daily duties, the Prelude was strictly a dry usage car for best and was kept garaged on a battery conditioner at all other times. The history file is superb with the original service book containing 20 stamped entries, the last being August 2017, incredible for a car having covered just 49,454 miles. All service entries are Honda Main Dealer and specialist, and the switch to specialist servicing occurred when Mr Pool’s trusted Honda Technician left the main dealer and he followed him to the specialist company, wanting only that particular Technician to work on the car! There are documented cambelt changes and the huge history file contains many supporting Honda service invoices. The Honda clip wallet contains all handbooks and point of sale literature as well as three sets of original keys, the valet key and code tag taped into the document holder and the red master fob still sealed in the plastic box! Not content with one set of headlamp covers, Mr Pool purchased a spare set just in case which remain boxed in the boot!
A wonderful touch to the history file is an original sales brochure and incredibly a full mileage and fuel log kept by Mr Pool throughout his entire ownership from 1998 and 18,232 miles to 2017 and 49,205 miles upon his sad passing. This vehicle is certain to appeal to a collector of performance classics wanting one of the best, most original low mileage examples in existence.
MOT November 2019, HPI Clear.
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