Today’s car enthusiasts may not remember Oldsmobile since they retired the brand in the 2000s, but back in the ’60s, it enjoyed a reputation for inventive technology, style and luxury. Oldsmobile represented the cutting edge of GM at one point, presenting models that were far ahead of their time. Olds was once a company that displayed power and style on the global market.
One of their most famous front-wheel drive cars is the Oldsmobile Toronado from 1966. This was a big, powerful personal luxury coupe with a twist because it included front-wheel drive. In those days, only a few imports came with front-wheel drive, while all domestic cars, regardless of the class or engine, were rear-wheel drive. However, Oldsmobile wanted to introduce something new, so it constructed the ingenious FWD system.
The Oldsmobile designers drew a fantastic looking shape with 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, leaving 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.