The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured the same steering system as a monster truck!
Four-wheel steering is most widely used in vehicles like trucks and farm equipment—but in 1978, Japanese manufacturer Honda created the first mass-produced consumer car to feature a mechanical system with the Prelude.
Of the Prelude, Brock Yates wrote in Motor Trend that, "It is, by any sane measurement, a splendid automobile. The machine, like all Hondas, embodies fabrication that is, in my opinion, surpassed only by the narrowest of margins by Mercedes-Benz. It is a relatively powerful little automobile by anybody's standards."
Designed by chief engineer Hiroshi Kizawa and borrowing heavily from Honda's first generation Accord, the Prelude won numerous awards, including being on Car and Driver's annual Ten Best list a total of 10 times between 1984-1998.
It was also Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year in 1987. That same year, it beat every car on the Road & Track slalom, including Porsche and Ferrari, with a speed of 65.5 mph.
Despite the impressiveness of this model, the Prelude never managed more than mediocre sales, partially because of competition from Honda's other offerings.