The Oldsmobile Toronado Is A Personal Luxury Car That Was Produced From Model Years 1966 To 1992. Designed To Compete With The Thunderbird And General Motors' Own Riviera, The Toronado Is Historically Significant As The First U.S.-Produced Front-Wheel Drive Automobile Since The Demise Of The Cord in 1937.
The original Toronado began as a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962. His design, dubbed the "Flame Red Car," was for a compact sports/personal car never intended for production. A few weeks after the design was finished, however, Oldsmobile division was informed it would be permitted to build a personal car in the Riviera/Thunderbird class for the 1966 model year, and North's design was selected. For production economy, the still-unnamed car was to share the so-called E-body shell with the redesigned 1966 Buick Riviera, which was substantially bigger than North had envisioned. Despite the efforts of Oldsmobile and General Motors styling chief Bill Mitchell to put the car on the smaller A-body intermediate, they were overruled for cost reasons.
Oldsmobile had been working on front-wheel drive since 1958, a project shepherded by engineer John Beltz (who originated the 442 and would later become head of the division). Although initially envisioned for the smaller F-85 line, its cost and experimental nature pushed the program towards a larger, more expensive car. Engineer F. J. Hooven of the Ford Motor Company, had patented a similar FWD layout, and Ford was seriously considering the design for the 1961 Ford Thunderbird. However, the time to develop and engineer such a design in such short notice made this a doubtful proposition.
Oldsmobile spent seven years developing the Toronado. Prior to its introduction to the public, over 1.5 million brutal test miles had been performed to verify the strength and reliability of the Toronado's front-drive components. Obviously, Oldsmobile did not want anyone to experience problems with the new design. History has confirmed the Toronado design was indeed heavily over-built; the GMC motorhome of the 1970s, which used a basically unchanged Toronado-derived drivetrain, stands as a testament to that fact. Nevertheless, the re-introduction of front wheel drive earned the new Toronado Motor Trend "Car of the Year" honors in 1966.
Naming the Toronado was also an event in itself. Some other known names being considered during development are: Magnum (later used by Dodge), Scirocco (later used by Volkswagen) and Raven
The Toronado Won The 1966 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award In The U.S..Magazine Comes With Sale Of Car....
This Stunning Toronado Is Documented With Oldsmobile Protect-O-Plate, New Car Invoice, New Vehicle Bill Of Sale And Original Window Sticker.
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Features On This Car Include:
Smooth And Quiet Oldsmobile 425 ci V8 Engine With 385 HP,
The dual-snorkel air cleaner is completely unique to the Toronado, and it fed a reworked Rochester 4-bbl. Quadrajet carburetor that put out a hefty 800 cfms. The primary jets are 22 percent smaller, and the secondary jets are 44 percent larger than was standard for other Olds engines. Exhaust gases exit through cast-iron manifolds and flow into a single dual-chambered muffler, then split again into dual resonators.
Full Gauge Instrumentation
Air Conditioning Converted To R134
Deluxe Front And Rear Seat Belts (Front Retractable)
Courtesy Lighting Package
Visor Vanity Mirror
Rear Window Defroster
New Stunning Paint In Dubonnet In Base Coat Clear Coat
Original Type Interior In Plum
Newer Exhaust System With Resonators
Chrome Plated Oldsmobile Toronado Wheels With Newer Radial White Wall Tires.
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