Watch One Tiny Car Make Two Massive Jumps

This is a Toyota Starlet, the last rear-wheel-drive economy car that Toyota sold here in the US, slotting in the range below the Corolla. And here it is flying through the air. » 5/10/13 1:00pm 5/10/13 1:00pm

Pulling A Stoppie In A Hot Rod Hatchback

Car designers figured out in the 1960s that front-wheel-drive is simply the best way to package an economy car for maximum interior space. Who cares? Rear-wheel-drive is a lot more fun, as this burnout-happy Toyota Starlet proves. » 8/20/12 1:00pm 8/20/12 1:00pm

Toyota Starlet Sneaks Across the Border, Asks for $9,999!

Arizona's controversial new Illegal Immigrant law is gaining national attention. Also drawing attention is today'sNice Price or Crack Pipe Starlet GT that's claimed to be here legally, but looks foreign enough to elicit demands of your papers please. » 5/03/10 8:00am 5/03/10 8:00am

Ove Andersson Makes a Happy Choice By Hooning a 1982 Toyota Starlet

We're pretty sure that's the late rally monster Ove Andersson getting all sideways in a growling '82 Starlet, although it's possible that Toyota honored the Starlet's utter cheapitude by substituting Joe "Over" Andersson, Wisconsin dirt-track racer, for this ad. » 3/27/10 11:00am 3/27/10 11:00am

Rear Wheel Drive Can't Save This Starlet From The Crusher

You don't see many Starlets on the street these days, and they're rarer still in the boneyard. Mike 'Clunkbucket' Bumbeck drives a Starlet, so I called him the moment I spotted this one. » 12/06/09 11:00am 12/06/09 11:00am

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday, Rocky Mountain Edition: Golden Hits


This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. I've got Colorado photographs aplenty, so get ready for high-altitude survivors! » 4/19/09 9:00am 4/19/09 9:00am

1982 Toyota Starlet: Desert Race Champ!

Those sand rails had better look out, because the Starlet- right off the boat from Japan and sporting JDM fender mirrors and right-hand-drive- now rules the desert! Never mind the fuel-economy thing; it's off-road prowess that gets Starlets off the showroom floor! » 11/18/08 2:30pm 11/18/08 2:30pm

PCH, Rotary Swap Hell Edition: Honda 600 or Toyota Starlet?

Technically, the Peugeot Mi16 beat the Mercedes-Benz 6.9 in last Friday's Choose Your Eternity poll, but we're talking 327 to 317 votes here. When all is said and done, however, France still needs to take on Britain in a PCH Superpower Challenge... but we're postponing that apocalyptic battle for another day, because… » 4/07/08 5:15pm 4/07/08 5:15pm

The 1981 Toyota Starlet: Friend of Cheapskates

Even though Japanese Starlet Ads are way more fun, there's still some entertainment value to be had from Late Malaise Era US-Market ads. Yes, the '81 Starlet got the best mileage of any car sold in the United States that year- the lack of airbags, air conditioning, power windows, cup holders, and other items now… » 12/26/07 1:30pm 12/26/07 1:30pm

Even Ebenezer Scrooge Wants an '81 Toyota!

You think we've run out of Late Malaise Toyota ads? Think again! This one features by far the most maddening version of the "Oh What a Feeling" song yet, with a vast chorus of potential Toyota buyers singing the praises of the whole Toyota line, from Starlet to 4x4 pickup. Come on, everyone, sing along! » 12/12/07 2:00pm 12/12/07 2:00pm

Down on the D1 Grand Prix: Turbocharged Toyota Starlet

Parked on the "concourse" right next to the RS200 was an other eye-catcher. In fact, the same dude owns both cars. That's right, it's a Toyota Starlet all hopped up on goodballs. And by goofballs we mean turbocharged/intercooled goofballs. Those in the know were slapping their collective heads, wondering how on earth… » 11/25/07 1:00pm 11/25/07 1:00pm

Some Motorcycle With That Starlet?

My Starlet was recently selected at random by the punch card driven vacuum tube powered California DMV computer for a yearly smog chek. The usual routine is every two years. The 1300cc engine passed after three trips to the rollers and countless hours of rebuilding and tuning the inherently evil downdraft Aisin… » 8/07/07 12:30pm 8/07/07 12:30pm

Turbo Equipped Toyota Merkurlet


From the engine swap department comes the news that the 2.3L Ford turbo mill can make some juice. The 2.3L engine was originally dropped into the SVO Mustang, Thunderbird, and Merkur XR4ti as factory equipment. With some creative shoehorning the engine can also be swapped into Pintos, and evidently a Toyota… » 6/19/07 4:00pm 6/19/07 4:00pm

The '92 Starlet: A Real Knee Slapper!

Oh, those wacky Japanese! Even while Toyota relentlessly crushes America's auto industry beneath its hobnail boot, they still want to have a little fun! Take this ad for the '92 Starlet- sure, the car is a masterpiece of cold-eyed production efficiency and will probably last 400,000 miles (well, it would if the… » 6/19/07 3:30pm 6/19/07 3:30pm

Hoon of the Day: Surfing Bird Starlet


Featuring not one but two Ramones songs, this video shows us just exactly how durable a KP60 Toyota Starlet can really be. Remember to always wear your helmet when throwing a back yard single car punk rock version of the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show. » 5/30/07 1:30pm 5/30/07 1:30pm

Son of Starlet, Oh!

In the Toyota order of things the rear-drive KP61 Starlet eventually begat the front-drive EP82 Starlet. North America never saw the later Starlets, some of which were produced in all-wheel drive turbocharged trim. These particular Starlets evidently traveled at such tremendous velocity that they sped up time and… » 5/23/07 3:30pm 5/23/07 3:30pm

Garagelet Spawns Drifting Starlet

A quadrillion square foot multi-bay shop with a floor you could eat an omelet off is most awesome for television, and a bunch of guys arguing about what gee gaw to weld or install onto a motorcycle or car. One can also achieve greatness with a modest garagelet. Proof is this 1984 Starlet with a 20-valve 4AG engine… » 4/11/07 3:45pm 4/11/07 3:45pm

Seven Second Starlets


From the giant turbo bolted to a rotary engine and stuffed into a small rear-wheel drive car department comes this video of two heavily modified Toyota Starlets tossing it up out on the drag strip. The red Starlet in this video is also known as La Atrevida. Under its hood is a 1995 Mazda 13B rotary that packs just… » 3/15/07 3:30pm 3/15/07 3:30pm

Starlets on the Autobahn!


Moving back into Toyota time is this Starlet commercial from 1978 featuring Starlets passing a truck on the Autobahn. As far as we can tell these are KP60 bug-eye Starlets on some manner of Trans-Europe trial run. Soundtrack features buzzing third-of-a-dozen K-series 1300cc powerplants, along with a quick riff from… » 3/07/07 12:45pm 3/07/07 12:45pm

Starlet, Oh!


The Toyota Starlet was marketed as Toyota's low-price economy mileage leader here in the USA from 1981 to 1984. With a whopping near 60 horsepower, the diminutive hatch didn't exactly scream performance in stock form. The Starlet in this commercial says otherwise at the hands of its helmeted driver. With these… » 3/07/07 11:55am 3/07/07 11:55am