Oldsmobile Toronado

The Toronado was a two-door coupe produced by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors from 1966 to 1992.

The name "Toronado" has no meaning, and was originally invented for a 1963 Chevrolet show car. Conceived as Oldsmobile's full-size personal luxury car and competing directly with the Ford Thunderbird, the Toronado is historically significant as the first front-wheel drive automobile produced in the United States since the demise of the Cord in 1937.

The Toronado was structurally related to the 1966 rear-wheel-drive Buick Riviera and the following year's Cadillac Eldorado, although each had quite different styling. The Toronado continued to share its E-body platform with the Riviera and Eldorado for most of its 28-year history. The Buick Riviera did not switch to front-wheel drive until the 1979 model year.

Source: Wikipedia, 2011

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