A vehicle manufactured imported into the US by Honda
during 1993-1997. Sold in foreign markets from 1992-1998 as CRX
160hp DOHC VTEC engine available on the US Del Sol VTECs from 1994-1997, B16A3 in 1993-1995 (ODB1) & B16A2 (ODB2) in 1996 & 1997. S & Si models had engines of varying potency, later years are generally more powerful.
Received minor redesign in 1996, removing front driving lights (which frequently burned/shorted out), adding faux brake ducts (can be turned into functional ducts).
Has a removable targa top and power rear window, yielding a convertible-like driving experience. Majority of components are shared with the 1992-1995 Civic. As a result the suspension is first rate.
Originally designed to compete with the mid-engined Toyota MR2, engine was moved to the front & top lopped off after sportscar sales tanked in the late 80s/early 90s and Mazda Miata sales took off.
Was plagued by high curb weight due redesigning a hardtop vehicle as a convertible. Structural stiffness suffered as well.
The Honda S2000
is the successor to the Del Sol in Honda's lineup, which benefitted from many of the lessons learned with the Del Sol.
Rarest model years are 1996 & 1997 (1997 especially due to sales being killed mid-year), sales started to tank in 1995 and the redesign didn't save it.