The Honda Prelude is a sports coupé which was produced by Japanese automaker Honda from 1978 until 2001. The two-door coupé was loosely derived from the Honda Accord and spanned five generations. The Prelude was used by Honda to introduce the Japanese Honda retail sales chain called Honda Verno, with the international release of the model following shortly after.
Prelude competitors traditionally included the Toyota Celica, the Nissan Silvia and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Production of the Prelude concluded in 2001 upon the introduction of the Honda Integra DC5.
The Prelude name was originally trademarked by Toyota, but was amicably given to Honda for use. The Prelude was the first in a series of vehicles from Honda with musically related names, with the Prelude being joined by the Quintet, Concerto and Ballade.