The Toranado has been a real favourite of mine since reading all about it in an Autocar magazine when I was 11 or 12.. Strangely, I'd never actually seen one in person until this year when I photographed a white one at a Coffee and Chrome.
Share with me my surprise then, when I found a second one so soon! One of the beautiful exhibits at Lost In The 50's it looked amazing in Orange!
Oldsmobile Toronado Facts :
The Toronado was built from 1966 to 1992
The Toronada was the first U.S. produced Front Wheel Drive car since the 1937 Cord!
The Toronado was voted Third in the 1966 European Car of the Year award - which no other American Car car achieved before or since!
The Toronado powertrain (called the Unitized Power Package or UPP) was so strong and reliable that it was used virtually unchanged in the 1970's GMC Motorhome!
Firestone designed an 8.85" x 15" Tyre specifically for the Toronado, with stiffer sidewalls and a thin white pin-stripe.
Engines available were a V8 or a V8 with 425CI or 455CI.
The Toronado was no light-weight - 4,496 pounds (over 2000kg)
The Toronado was the first General Motors to feature a sub-frame.
The earlier models (up until 1967) had drum brakes all round! From 1967 Front disks were an option.
Because of the Front Wheel Drive and the UPP design, the Toronado had a completely flat floor pan.