What better way to keep up today’s string of Toyotas than with a classic Starlet? The KP61 generation Toyota Starlet was the first and only generation of its model sold new for the North American Market. In 1985, the little rear wheel drive compact was replaced by the front wheel drive Toyota Corolla
FX-16, a great car in its own right, but prone to fits of understeer. Find this 1981 Toyota Starlet KP61 offered for $7,900 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This KP61 certainly looks like some kind of modified hound dog, but under the skin it is pure pussycat. The original engine is a 1.2 liter 4K-C inline-4 that pushes out 58 horsepower into the rear wheels…which means you aren’t exactly going to do much drifting unless the you find a frozen lake covered in vaseline…and you’ll still need to initiate any drifto with a little E. What this thing needs is an injection of horsepower; perhaps you can get the engine from a crashed Mk IV Supra. Those things are always seconds away from crashing.
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