Monday, February 22, 2016

Future Classic: 1982 Toyota Starlet

Let's face it, the stock market has been a roller coaster of booms and busts for the past 20 years and frankly if you plan on retiring without perfectly timing the peak of the 7 year cycle, you'll need to put your money elsewhere.  I suggest you keep it under your mattress in rare/exotic plant seeds*, but what do you do if you own a waterbed?  Maybe you put your money into future collector cars from the this 1982 Toyota Starlet offered for $2,500 near Seattle, WA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

 The KP61 generation Starlet was only sold in the USA for the 1981 through 1984 models years, but it is one of the few ways to get an 80s Japanese econobox that puts power to the wheels in the back.  That's right, this little hatchback is a drifting machine...but not stock, because the asthmatic hamster under the hood will have a hard time spinning those pizza cutters on even the iciest of roads.

The Starlet is powered by a 1.3 liter 4K inline-4 cylinder engine and makes 62 horsepower and 72 ft-lbs of torque when equipped with fuel injection.  The 4K is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox and won't have too much trouble getting the 1600 lb Starlet to highway speeds...the seller even includes one pic of the speedo reaching nearly 70mph...trick photography or the bottom of a big hill!

See a better vehicle for retirement earnings? *Our lawyers have advised us to mention that this is not legal advice and does not substitute for proper counseling for your retirement savings. Additionally, please don't e-mail us in 2077 saying that it is our fault you live in a Starlet down by a river.


  1. Oh man, soooo tempting! Unmolested, price is right. I drove an 82 Tercel manual for several years in my early 20s, and had a blast beating the snot out of it. Took a lickin and kept on tickin. Adding rwd here would be sweet. Spend the next couple years tweaking it to go faster and corner better...

    1. damn right! same story here, had a '79 Fiesta and also an '80, hopped up with BAT-racing parts. Having RWD would've maybe killed me at a young age of stupid decisions. But now it would be a fun build, browsing thru maybe the TODA racing catalog for some wild engine and chassis upgrades for a KP61. the price is right on this one!


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