Japan's idea of a Pony car - a short deck, long hood, light weight, powerful engine - was the Honda Prelude. In 1978, it was offered as a direct competitor to the Toyota Celica. Initially, Honda Prelude parts were all the same as the Accord's, with the exception of the exterior. It weighed in under 2,000-lbs. and boasted a whopping 72hp. Since then it's gotten bigger and more powerful, depending less and less on the Accord for mechanical support. It was always a 2-door sport compact, and definitely Honda's sportiest offering from 1978 to 2001. However, due to government regulations in Japan on the dimensions of the car and waning sales (under 1 million sold over 23 years), it was discontinued.