As they say, when the top goes down, the price goes up. That may or may not be true with this inexpensive ragtop. This is a 1981 Honda Prelude Convertible made by a company called Solaire. This unusual and rare car is posted on craigslist with an asking price of $3,500, or the price of a season worth of tanning booth sessions. It’s in a city that knows a thing or two about catching some rays: St. Augustine, Florida.
The first-generation Prelude, made from 1978 to 1982, is probably the one to have, future-collectible-wise. And yes, these will be future collectible cars. Maybe even more so with the rare Solaire convertible conversion option. The trunk on this car still has a lot of usable space, the conversion hasn’t taken too much of that space, which is nice. There is no mention of a “boot” for the convertible in the top-down position, but there would have been one. I wonder if anyone has actually carried anything on the rear deck (trunk lid) luggage rack? I don’t know if I would trust that to hold too much while speeding down the road.
This was actually a factory-approved convertible conversion and the cars came with a full factory warranty. It had to have been a top-notch job for Honda, a company that’s known for its quality, to have approved them enough to still offer a factory warranty. There were only around 100 conversions made, give or take, by Solaire of Santa Ana, California. The car seen here looks like it’s in great condition but not much information is given in the ad. It’s being sold by a car dealer.
Red over silver, it doesn’t get much better than that for me. The interior of this car looks like it’s in nice condition. The lipstick-red seats are bright, and by bright I mean BRIGHT! The dash appears to be crack-free which is nice. And, a great feature of this car is its 5-speed manual! An automatic transmission would have been an option but unless you have some mobility issues, and many of us do, most folks would want a manual in a small car like this one.
This is Honda’s EK 1.8L inline-four with around 75 hp. It reportedly “runs good” and has 94,000 miles on it. Have you seen a Prelude convertible before?