I love this photo. When I need to get my mind off things, I love to go for a drive, whether it be accelerating through turns on a winding mountain road or cruising a stretch of highway next to California's coast. I'm sure many of our readers also enjoy driving as a form of relaxation… which is exactly why I dig this photo.
What could be better than to go for a sporty drive up a mountain road with a good friend, especially if your good friend owns a matching KP61 Starlet? The cars pictured are zenki/early model KP61 Toyota Starlets (zenki models came out in the USA between 1980-1982). I absolutely love these cars – back in the say when I first began autocrossing in the SF Bay Area, the Toyota Starlets were out there pulling some of the fastest times of the day, especially with expert drivers like Archie and Jojo Collantes and Tito and Mert Solis.
These two Starlets look clean and gorgeous – in factory hues of white and yellow, without big fender flares to ruin the clean and simple appearance of the car's exterior. They both look great with the TRD roof wing, which is a must for Starlets in my opinion. The yellow one appears to have Hayashi Command 3pc wheels, and I can't see the Starlet in the front very well, but it appears to be running Panasports? Or maybe RS Watanabes. I can't see the detail in the face or the lip from this photo.
Anyway, I absolutely love the clean and simple look of these particular Starlets – clean body lines, a simple TRD roof wing, clean black Murakami mirrors, factory black stripes on the side, perfect choice of wheels, and incredibly clean, shining taillights.
Someone sell me a Starlet! I want to buy an early model KP61 again if I can find a clean one! For more information on Starlets, you can visit www.KP61.net.