Well, here we are, the last car pic from the 1990s. After the utter crapitude of the later part of the 1970s and the entirety of the 1980s, the '90s started off meh and ended a little less meh...
1999 Honda S2000. While the other two possible choices for the last year of the decade were candidates because they represented their respective company doing something wrong (or in one case, correcting a previous wrong), the S2000 is a case of the company doing something right. It was high time, given the runaway success of the Mazda Miata nearly a decade prior, for Honda to return to its roots and offer a two-seater, rear-drive drop-top.
The other vehicles? Why, the Cadillac Escalade and the Toyota Tundra. The Escalade, don't get me wrong, was a stroke of *genius* for General Motors. Take a Chevrolet Tahoe. Rip off the grille and the Chevy emblems. Put on the Cadillac crest. Hike price $20K. Profit! I can't blame General Motors for the Escalade - that blame goes square on the imbeciles that bought into it. The Tundra is a great truck, but it corrected the abomination that was the T100.
Back to the S2000. You can't say that Honda was mimicking the Miata, because the S500 - a rear-drive, two seat roadster - was on the market in 1963, some 27 years before the Miata. The last L800 (bigger brother to the 500) rolled off the line in 1970, so Honda had a history of producing MG-like roadsters. Mazda was the first to offer a more modern take, but Honda picked up the ball and ran it into the end zone with the S2000.
Roughly 240 horsepower in a car that weighed 2,700? Add in a 6-speed manual transmission and a ragtop, and that's a recipe for fun. The downside, though, was the price: MSRP in 1999 was $70K, at a time when the Corvette convertible was selling for $25K less - with the same gas mileage and greater comfort. For the price of an S2000, you could buy nearly three Miatas - or you could tune the living daylights out of one and buy a Civic for a daily commuter.
Still, an "A" for effort for the Honda S2000.
That is all.