Oct 30, 2015

Born to be a Starlet: A KP61 at the Bunotakada Classic Car Show


Born to be a Starlet:

A KP61 at the Bunotakada Classic Car Show

by Dustin Mankin

This Toyota KP61 Starlet was in great shape! As mentioned in the previous blog article, here, the car before your eyes was not even entered into the show, yet was still nicer than some of the cars that entered. This is the reason why I hover around the parking lot so much.

Judging from the front end, unless the owner decided to put the updated face on it, this is a second facelift model, Making it an '83 or '84 model.

If you read Super Street's Japan issue from , you'll know that this symbol has something to do with condoms, but it is not "the Japanese hand symbol for condom," as they put it. So tired of people that don't live in Japan reporting stuff in a half-ass way and confusing the hell out of people. I have more information about this, and more ideas as to how TRA Kyoto came to use a variant of this, and I will touch on it next week.

Up above are a couple more shots of racing decals that graced this car.

Inside, we have a very nice, if not standard JDM fare, Personal steering wheel.

And lastly, a full body shot, showing off the nice gold colored Watanabe style Wheels. Actually this car makes me want a Starlet in my collection. Maybe one day.

And for those of you that are interested, here are a few

Cool Facts About the 60 Series Starlet:

The 60 series was the first Starlet sold outside of Japan.

The 60 series Starlet was the first Toyota Passenger Car to use rack and pinion steering.

The Starlet was available in America from 1981-1984.

The American Starlet came with a 5-speed in '81 and '82, but only had a 4-speed for '83 and '84.

Common rust locations on a 60 series starlet are under the rear hatch seal, around the front window wiper mount, behind the front fenders and the bottom of the doors.

If you want more pictures and information, you can visit the Wikipedia page that I lifted this info from.


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