The Starlet model that Toyota brought to the United States, the KP61, had a 67 horsepower 1.3-liter 1.3-four-cylinder, gasoline engine and three transmission options: four or five-speed, or three-speed automatic. spreading. The 1982 models were replaced with standard features like a day/night rearview mirror and a rear window regulator, although the engine and transmission offered remained the same throughout the Starlet’s short life.

Although the name Starlet may have had an American twist, the 1982 Starlet was featured prominently in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1997 film “The Rainmaker,” which starred Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, and Claire Danes.

Since its short time in the United States market ended, the Starlet’s nearly 1700-pound weight and four-wheel drive chassis have made it popular with racing modders – some of whom have increased the output of the Starlet’s factory engine before sending it to the track. . One such daredevil is Patrick Chan, who created a racing tube with the body of the Starlet, and built it with a turbocharged rotary engine.

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Chan told C Magazine that the Starlet’s chassis and rotary engine provided the perfect combination of lightness and strength to get the most out of the car. “I decided to make a big, old-fashioned, rear-wheel-drive, tow truck using the latest technology and the best parts available. It’s cheap and light and moves less.”

[Featured image by Tokumeigakarinoaoshima via Wikimedia Commons | Cropped and scaled | Public Domain]

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