Monday, October 6, 2014

5k: Seller Submission: 1981 Toyota Starlet

If you paid attention at the beginning of the classic 1984 film The Last Starfighter, you might have noticed that the trailer park was called StarLight StarBright.  It was a reference to the late 19th century nursery rhyme that goes: Star light, star bright, The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.  I'd like to take the opportunity to wish for an inexpensive, rear drive, reliable, hatch-back it is.  Find this 1981 Toyota Starlet offered for $3,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.  Seller Submission from Mauricio.

The Toyota Starlet KP61 generation was the first and only Starlet sold in the US Market and in 1985 it was replaced by the Toyota Corolla FX-16.  The Starlet is cooler than the FX-16 because the Starlet was setup with proper rear wheel drive and the FX was front wheel drive.

Today's seller says in his advertisement: Most are hacked and modified to be a rally car. People drop and swap bomb ass engines in these.   I saw one at JCCS a couple weeks ago that was pantie dropping nice.  This one isn't going to cause any undergarment disruption, at least until it gets an LS1 (or SR20DET, or F20C) swap.

See a better way to cruise in a 1600 lb JDM classic?


  1. The first pic in the CG advert (of the panty-dropping Starlet) is hilarious. Right side...

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  3. Inexpensive? Well, right until you get done with the 4AGE 20V or 3SGE swap.

    This is the Japanese version of that 401 Pacer, before the swap.

    JDM 3SGE Beams blacktop powertrains complete with 6-speed trans flow across the Pacific at a decent clip for $2000 complete.

    1981 means that if you do that in California you have to find a smog tech who has no clue what a Starlet's supposed to look like under the hood, but given that few to none of them under age 50 have ever SEEN one before, that's not an awful bet.

    Remember - lots of oxidized aluminum, black plastic, skip the shiny covers and braided hoses.


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