JDM by Blazer: Lifted 1988 Honda Prelude

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When Honda came out with four-wheel steering in its third-generation Prelude, that seemed like a notable engineering achievement. However, it didn’t exactly become a must-have feature like modern airbags and navigation systems. This 1988 Honda Prelude is affectionately known as “The Beast” and is built atop a Chevy S10 frame. Find it here on craigslist for a very reasonable ask of $1,500, and an example of a vehicle Honda will likely never build. 

The seller is the father of the builder of this lifted Prelude, and notes that it was running when parked and likely has some issues involving the ECU. The seller notes that the Prelude has proven itself useful as both an off-road rig and two vehicle, and if it were mine, I’d be heading straight to the nearest logging road. How much would this bend the brains of everyone at the local off-road park?

The build itself incorporates more than just the Blazer chassis, as the seller notes the Prelude now comes with a “…4.3L TBI motor, 700R4 transmission, and an NP231 transfer case, along with 31″ tires.”  The seats are stock Prelude units, which is a good thing as they’re incredibly comfortable buckets. Door panels are missing, but you don’t need those where this Prelude can go.

My question is always when the lightbulb goes off for a project like this. I’m betting most of the time the builder just had access to the two vehicles and decided to give it a go. The bigger question is whether anyone else will find this Prelude as much fun to muck around in as the builder – but for the price, could it be worth finding out? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Miguel for the find.

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  1. Miguel

    I think the best thing about a Prelude is the Honda engine, which this does not have.

    Also the flip up headlights are up which is a deal breaker.

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  2. Mike Mazoway

    I believe that particular model was called the Quaalude.

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  3. CanuckCarGuy

    If nothing else, you have to appreciate the dedication that goes into building and finishing such a project.

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  4. Steve

    I have an 88 s10 blazer with no title. I got it with a bill of sale. I recently saw a prelude like this with a bad engine for sale..hmmm…i wonder if i would i title is as a prelude…

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  5. Steve

    Hmmm… they mention that the wheelbase has been extended (?) i wouldnt go to that much trouble…

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