Today’s car enthusiasts may not remember Oldsmobile since they retired the brand in 2000. But back in the ’60s, this company enjoyed a reputation for inventive technology, style, and luxury. Oldsmobile represented the cutting edge of GM at one point in time, presenting models that were far ahead of their time. They also displayed power and style on the global market. And one such car was the Oldsmobile Toronado from 1966.
This was a big, powerful personal luxury coupe with a twist since it was front wheel drive. In those days, only a few imports were front wheel drive while all domestic cars, regardless of the class or engine, were rear wheel drive. However, Oldsmobile wanted to introduce something else and constructed an ingenious FWD system. Designers drew a fantastic looking shape with a low roof and hidden headlights.
The power came from a big block 455 V8 with 385 HP. The Toronado was a success because it introduced superb driving characteristics which left its competitors in the dust. The first two generations were the best, while the later Toronado was just a Cadillac Eldorado with a different grille.