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1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

Oldsmobile stepped out onto a limb in 1966 with its Toronado— the company’s first mass-produced front-wheel drive car. But it was stylish, ruggedly built, and featured decent performance from its 425-ci V8 (or 455-ci V8, starting in ’68). And although they were groundbreaking when new, today these cars an acquired taste, as most American car buffs want a GM muscle car that’ll melt the rear tires.

This Toronado is said to run well and is claimed to be in “nice original condition.”  The car was a daily driver until two years ago. The mileage is listed at 78,591, but the seller notes that he doesn’t know if it’s original or not.

The interior has a few needs, including a torn headliner and broken door pulls, but for an original 43-year old setup that has been parked for two years, issues like that are more or less expected.  The front seat upholstery needs to be replaced as well, but the rear seat appears to be in decent condition.

A dent is highlighted in one of the pics of the driver’s fender, showing some rust and pitting on the bumper as well. But the rest of the Olds’ exterior looks straight and appears to be otherwise lacking in flaws—the factory hide-away headlamps are even operational.

Over the past year, 46 1966-1969 Toronados have been sold on eBay Motors, with good examples averaging $6k and excellent ones bringing over $10k.

If you’re looking for something outside the box, but full-sized and comfortable, a Toronado may be just what you need. Click here to see the listing.

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  1. Richard Kirschenbaum March 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm Reply

    There’s no taste to acquire. You either love the first series Toronados or you’re a hopeless ignoramus. The 66 Toronado is the greatest production car the General ever offered. It is the second greatest production car in the history of the American automobile and only surpassed by the Cord 810-812. Muscle cars offer nothing but that muscle: no innovation, just inches, big carbs, headers and slicks. They were meaninless juvenile packages for the suicidially inclined and absolutel zeros compared to the Toronado. They (the muscle cars) might have tidyed up the gene pool a bit by taking out thier lame brained owners but probably did in more innocents than they did in the morons that drove them.

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