The Honda Accord Coupe Killed the Prelude

But it didn't die in vain.

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You can call it the Honda Epilogue, because the Accord Coupe was the product that eventually killed the Honda Prelude. The company didn’t need both. To an enthusiast, that seems completely illogical because the Prelude was always a made-from-scratch sporting coupe designed for the aggressive driver and the Accord Coupe, which arrived in 1988, was just an Accord with two missing doors and, in some years, a bit of length cut out of the wheelbase.

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It didn’t matter. Most Honda customers were just buying the Prelude because they wanted a two-door Accord and once the real thing showed up they promptly jumped ship. 2001 was the last year for the ‘Lude. A couple of years later, Honda tossed a bone to its enthusiast customers: the Accord Coupe V6-6MT. It was distinguished by a red “V6” badge on the tail, although you can add part number 75731-SDN-A00 to your automatic-transmission Accord for eighteen bucks and pretty much every teenaged owner in America does.

The six-speed V6 coupe, known as a “6-6” to insiders and people with too much time on their hands, was discontinued this year. I called it the Last American Muscle Car and a few of my friends have given me a hard time about doing so. One of those friends, The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah, decided to add an early example of the 6-6 to his popular “One Take” video series today. Flashing his Rolex GMT “Batman” as he shifts a 168,000-mile example through the Southern California canyons, Matt starts off a little skeptical but ends up as a true believer.

The owner, Dylan, is in the middle of a roadtrip from Colorado to California. He’s six-foot-six and profoundly earnest; at one point he actually says “because… reasons” during the conversation with Matt. He says he’s going to get a Porsche after his Accord, although as someone who just sold a Porsche and bought an Accord I think he’s already in the better car. He’s put an intake on it, which makes the VTEC cutover more audible, and he’s added a swaybar.

Dylan paid seven thousand dollars for the Accord, which seems like awfully strong money to me. But the car is flawless during Matt’s canyon run, with the exception of a balky first-gear synchro. Mr. Farah’s approving verdict: “This little Accord six… not too bad! Reliable, affordable, comfortable.” Then he takes another poke at your humble author, saying that he respects my opinion about the Accord V6. All I can say to you in response, Matt, is this: I’m working on an Accord project that is going to knock your Rolex off!

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