1967 Oldsmobile Toronado20.000-30.000 EUR - Estimate

Oldsmobile Toronado Hardtop Deluxe

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One of the most coveted Oldsmobile
- Rare American front wheel drive, exceptional handling
- Exquisite styling, first of its kind

Reference Number 669046

as of 10/7/2021

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75008 Paris  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado
VIN 396877M603138 
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Known History

The project of a front-wheel drive Oldsmobile was born in 1954 in the form of a utility prototype, but it would be in October 1965 that it would be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show: The Toronado. Designed by David North, under the direction of Bill Mitchell, head of styling at General Motors, it was the talk of the town and was even voted Car of the Year 1966 by the American magazine Motor Trend. It was part of the Personal Luxury Car concept. It was based on the Buick Riviera platform and its creators did not fail to make a nod to the Cord brand, one of the American pioneers in front-wheel drive, by using louvered rims, retractable headlights and a grille with horizontal bars. Oldsmobile had already presented several dream cars at the Motorama and other car shows in 1948, including the Oldsmobile 98 Futuramic, which was a milestone in American car design. The mechanical engineers had developed the first high performance V8, the 4.9 litre Rocket, which enabled Oldsmobile to win the first edition of the Carrera Panamericana. The company was also the first to offer automatic transmissions as early as 1937, then in 1940, with the indestructible Hydramatic gearbox. The car for sale comes from Canada and its chassis plate indicates that its colour is "Antique Pewter" with a black cloth interior and that it features "Deluxe" finish. It is therefore equipped with all the options available in the catalogue and its charming horizontal roller speedometer. This Toronado, remains the most powerful mass-produced front-wheel drive.