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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

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capriceman    0

I want to cry everytime i see this car i would sell my G/F for this car (don't tell her that). When the time is right i will get one hopefully.

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What a magnificent design...one of GM's finest, and my favorite Oldsmobile.

I'd have one in my dream car garage, along with my other favorite vintage GMs---a '67 Eldorado, '63 Riviera, '71 Riviera, '71 Grand Prix, '67 Corvette...

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Balthy... That resto job put the Olds Logo on the hood on upside down

:pokeowned:

How Embarrassing.

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balthazar    1,875

Undoubtedly it was intentional; perhaps either to 'point forward' in reference to the performance capabilities, or acknowledging the 'turn-about' of making the car RWD. Leno and his guys are not stupid, but it does catch your eye...

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Undoubtedly it was intentional; perhaps either to 'point forward' in reference to the performance capabilities, or acknowledging the 'turn-about' of making the car RWD. Leno and his guys are not stupid, but it does catch your eye...

That picture is of the car the Australian restored, not the Leno car.

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ocnblu    733

Maybe it's a southern hemisphere thing. :AH-HA_wink:

Looking at these perfect '66s, it is hard to believe, and painful to realize, what this gorgeous car became just 20 years later. The '86 Toronado was a complete waste of time, an insult, and a symbol of GM's wholesale downsizing frenzy, a period of time in which GM was gutted of it's former, formidable glory and place in the industry. A place they've never regained. Is it too late? CAFE standards and the rise of GME after a paltry few years of success makes me fearful.

So let's celebrate what came before. GM certainly deserves all the accolades it gets for the Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell years.

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I was going to say, Leno has the coolest TORONADO in the world.

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capriceman    0
I was going to say, Leno has the coolest TORONADO in the world.

I disagree..

Its not a Toronado and it takes everything the Toronado was. The whole point was look at me I'm FWD the first in damn near 40 years! (reference CORD L-29?) (Peugeot or Renault made a FWD in that time frame but it was rubbish so we ignore it and that was Europe so who cares?)

It was so innovative and so stylish. This proves that they can make a FWD coupe family car and not make it look like a jelly bean auto-pod. has comfort/power/looks/handling. I remember being in a 74ish toro when i was young and remember driving in Lansing through a snow storm with ease, while every one else was stuck or in a ditch. That car handled snow like no other.

There are only 2 cars in my book that i rather have over this and they both have 16 cylinders ones a caddy and the other a Duesenberg. the rest hold no significance. I see no point in owning a Camaro when i could cherish one these. i don't care if people don't know what it is at a car show, then you can bring up its rich past. everyone walks past the Camaros, Mustangs, and Chargers. People always stare at the odd balls.

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CapriceMan:

I can appreciate your point.

For the record the Cord 810 was LATE thirties

(as opposed to the late twenties Cord L29) &

the Austin Mini was 1959.

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capriceman    0

I stand corrected

"First Produced" American FWD 1929 Cord L-29

I would take a 1937 812 any day over the L-29 though

First European FWD Alvis Model ? 1928

First Successful European FWD Citroën Traction Avant 1934

But i will say FWD is not the only reason i love the car. Like how RWD isn't the only reason you love Dual Cowl Phaetons.

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