The French arm of Intersection, the half-automotive half-fashion magazine, recently pimped an unsuspecting Honda CR-Z. Is a gloss beige sport hybrid with orange tires laughably ridiculous, or so avant garde that our uncultured pea-brains can’t comprehend it?
It didn’t help that the man behind the operation seemed excruciatingly douchey. But then we saw that beneath his affected style lurked a Honda connoisseur.
This video ode captures everything that’s cool about the to the first-gen Honda Prelude, from the superimposed tachometer/speedometer to the fact that it was the first Japanese car to have an electric sunroof. Suddenly we could not imagine slinking through Paris in any car other than a silver, SN-type ‘lude. Well played, artsy French Xzibit. Well played.
P.S. Can a French-speaking JNCer translate?
Totally agree: his Prelude SN is way cooler than the ridiculously looking CR-Z. 😀
I also doubt if the manual CR-Z outdoes the SN in terms of fuel efficiency… Of course his Hondamatic couldn’t since old fashioned auto boxes are not very efficient, but if he would have had a manual it could have been close. 😉
I don’t understand this art but I’m French … In France we have an expression to define it : “C’est du vent !” (It’s the wind : Its nothing, this is insignificant and useless).
i took 3 years of french.. i unno what he’s saying.. i like the beige. i also super-like the prelude.. SUPERCUB MODEL IN THE AIRVENT FTW!!!
That was a nice touch. It was sitting on the dash earlier the vid too. Very cool.
My grandmother had a 1st generation Honda Prelude “hondamatic” in that exact silver although hers had a red velour interior. She was the only owner and had it up until about 5 years ago when she sold it for something a bit safer and sold it for only $2,000. When she sold it, it had 59,000 miles, had never been driven in the rain, had no a speck of rust and was overall spotless. She had maintained it religiously. I highly regret not buying it from her but I didn’t have the cash at the time and she needed it for her down payment.
I just want to know where I can get some orange tires…
The steelies are cool… swirly circles
I was playing some yacht rock whilst watching the Prelude. Seems fitting.
Alright… I need some of that beige paint for my civic.
Only a master can make beige paint work. I think this is an Autumn/Halloween theme.
Indeed, it’s so “seasonal”!
First clip, the guy talks about the color choice : Beige. Not a (modern) metalic color, beige is great… Blablabla…
Second clip he introduces himself as a Honda enthusiast, because of Honda unique attention to design, including cars, motorcycles and… Robots.
The Prelude is his third Honda.
Then he talks about the CR-Z “cosmetic” project… He wants to “dress” the car, create rims…etc…
Not very interesting in fact :/
Thanks for the translation! Now I wonder what his other Hondas are…
it looks stupid now, but this is the kind of shot we will be using as desktop wallpaper 15 years from now when it is “retro cool”!
That’s an interesting thought. Although by then I’d probably prefer that Juke with the GT-R engine to an artsy French CR-Z. 🙂
The orange tires kill it for me, otherwise it’s not too bad.