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.
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.
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.
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.
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.