To many, the revolutionary 1966 Toronado remains the most significant postwar Oldsmobile, eclipsing even the debut of the “Rocket” V8 in 1949. As the first front-wheel drive car from GM and the first such American vehicle since the Cord 810/812, it represents an engineering tour de force. The Toronado created a sensation upon its release, and accolades included Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award for 1966. That year, more than 40,000 units sold, and within just 15 years, GM converted virtually all of its cars to front-wheel drive, similar to the groundbreaking Toronado.
This first-year Toronado could very well be the finest example in existence. As offered, it is a great example of Oldsmobile’s engineering excellence that benefits from a recent high quality, body-on-frame restoration. It has a glossy black finish and a brand-new matching interior restored to OEM specifications, as well as a fully rebuilt and immaculately refinished engine and under-hood area. The car is highly equipped and features virtually every factory-available option for 1966, including ice-cold air conditioning, an AM/FM radio with a power antenna, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, a power trunk release and more.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan, in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
385 bhp, 425 cu. in. V8 engine with single Rochester four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with transverse links, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, beam-type rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119"
Source: RM Auctions