Posts Tagged ‘toronado’

Whirlwind – 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

October 5, 2015

Let’s face it, when you think of a classic car with some outstanding technological features for the period and appeal for the entire family, Oldsmobile coupes are not necessarily the first thing that come to mind. But look a little deeper, and you’ll realize that not only were these one of GM’s most successful designs of the period, they were also one of the out-of-the-box GM cars of the 1960s (along with the Corvair, Tempest, and more), and being American, were only available with an automatic transmission. Conveniently, they’re also back in style with the influence of Mad Men on our aesthetic sensibilities. Check out this 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado for sale for $4500 in Winnsboro, TX.

1968 Oldsmobile Toronado 2 left front

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Accessible Design Icon – 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

September 23, 2013

Even though they haven’t always had the lifelong recognition some instant classics like the Jaguar E-type have, partly due to going in and out of fashion, there are quite a few design icons in the post-war repertoire of American manufacturers. While many of the cars Americans love and remember from their childhoods are, with hindsight, oversize, cluttered, and overwrought. That said, there was a golden period for design minimalism in the mid-1960s, and one of the cars to benefit from this fashion is the Oldsmobile Toronado. You can find today’s 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado for $3995 in Malvern, OH.

1968 Oldsmobile Toronado right front

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The Whale Series: 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

June 5, 2009

In the last few years, I’ve found casual interest in the early Olds Toronados. With some strikingly modern touches, an uncluttered design, and some creative technology this is a pretty remarkable car. As many others have pointed out, in certain ways this is what you’d imagine Cord would have done had they had a chance to update their front drive coffin-nose 810/812, which likewise had flip-up headlights.

Not surprisingly, it’s hard to find such an iconic design on the budget we’re looking at. However, with some research I was able to find a couple of examples under $3000 that appear to be potential rusty-but-trusty partners, including this 1967 example for $2300 in Lincoln, CA. The happy news is that while the 1967 still retains the clean styling and pop-up headlights that later model years lost, it got such upgrades as front disc brakes, which is key for a car that weighs around 5000 pounds.

1967 Olds Toronado side

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