Friday, 9 May 2014

Another awesome little Starlet...

Yet again, I'm reminded of my disappointment in Toyota Australia for not bringing this model out here.. <_<
It wasn't until the mid 90's - three generations of Starlet later - that the name finally hit Aussie roads. Not only were the generations skipped nearly as fantastic as the P6 above; but the EP91's we did recieve were a far cry from the Glanza V..
ahh.. the EP91 Life. <_<

I've ranted about these cars before, so I'll be breif; the major appeal here is that this was the last RWD Starlet - something unique for this bodystyle and size.

As a nice example of how cool these things can look modified, is this very late (1984 build) KP61 Starlet 3door.

..and how I like them. wearing the hilariously exaggerated N2 aero. I cant fault the styling of these add-ons.. they really compliment the KP61's so nicely.

The overall look is helped further by one of my all time favourite wheels - the Advan A3A- here in what look to be 13x8.
These are fittingly wrapped in matching Advan tyres, with a Yokohama decal nearby to tie everything in nicely..!

Relatively neat and complete in here compared to some becauseracecar KP61 interiors I've seen. Classic Bride and Red Tom's wheel are nice enough additions...
Not sure what spec this car was originally, but the Tacho and 5-speed (according to the great faux-wood Toyota shift knob) are welcome!

Running the show is a warmed-over 4K, at heart a very basic yet sturdy 1.3litre four. I love these with later 4AGE's fitted in the 4K's place; but would happily flog the shyte out of this!

Would. definitely. drive.
Fortunately being pre-1989, the KP61 is a non-issue for import to Australia. However, the cost of purchase in Japan, shipping, and the eagerness of this era of Toyota to rust; means you'll need to be keen!
Love them, but will just have to keep watering my money-tree for the time being.. <_<


  1. Man, i want that navy blue Bride Brix seat for my MKIII Supra would go perfectly with the stock navy blue leather interior it came with. One can dream right?

    1. Navy Blue? That's classic Bride faded-purple..! hah

  2. They did sell these little starlets here in the uk I believe, but they are very rare now. I have a 6th gen corolla and used see a lot of others around, but since the government ran the 'scrappage scheme' to boost car sales a few years back most old/80s cars have vanished. You got a £2000 trade in on a 10+ year old car.

    1. The weather and subsequent rust probably meant there weren't many 80s Japanese cars on the road regardless.. but systems like that would be near a final nail in the coffin for them.
      I can imagine being offered 2000pounds for a rusty N12 Pulsar for example.. few would have said no!
      ...God only knows how something like that was funded...

  3. Is this red tom's steering wheel a rare option or a recover? That color matches the interior of my x8 exactly.

    1. I reckon I've seen another one before, and definitely wouldn't surprise seeing Toyota offered that Maroon/Burgandy/Red interior almost across the entire range in the later 80's..

      Start browsing Yahoo/Ebay!