• Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet
  • 1982 Toyota Starlet in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Toyota built the gas-sipping Starlet from 1973 through 1999, but North Americans had the opportunity to buy new Starlets just for the 1981 through 1984 model years (and then only the three-door hatchback version). The rear-wheel-drive Starlet was cramped and underpowered, but it got the best or close to the best fuel economy in the country during its brief American reign. Here's a frighteningly bent '82 that I spotted in a Northern California self-service yard.

Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet

It looks like a glancing fragile-car-versus-concrete barrier impact ended this Starlet's 37-year driving career. Let's hope everyone inside had their seat belts fastened.

Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet

We'll tell you the horsepower of this 4K pushrod engine, but only if you promise not to laugh. OK, it made 58 hp. Curb weight was a mere 1,724 pounds, though, which was 70 fewer pounds than the flyweight '82 Honda Civic. The good news is that the rear-wheel-drive layout of the Starlet lends itself to powertrain upgrades.

Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet

There wasn't much to go wrong with the Starlet, which benefited from the excellent Toyota build quality of the era, and these cars made excellent penny-pinching Point-A-to-Point-B commuters.

Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet

I still see the occasional Starlet during my junkyard travels, but sightings are getting increasingly rare. Supposedly, automatic-equipped Starlets were sold, but I've seen only manual-transmission examples so far.

Junked 1982 Toyota Starlet

Don't dab and drive. Please!



Coming just a couple of years after the worst of the gas lines, Toyota had a persuasive selling point here.




A decade later, Toyota sold Starlets in Japan with one of the greatest car commercials in human history.

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