<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe

Sold for US$ 41,800 inc. premium
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe
Chassis no. 396876M538074

425ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Downdraft 4-Barrel Rochester Carburetor
385bph at 4,800rpm
3-Speed Turbo Hydra-Matric Automatic Transmission
Independent Front and Longitudinal Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Well optioned, top-of-the-line Toronado
*Tasteful Porcelain White over Black color scheme
*Nearly $9,000 in recent service receipts
*A well-kept example


THE OLDSMOBILE TORONADO

The cars of Errett Lobban Cord notwithstanding, by the 1960s the conventional wisdom in the United States held that a front-wheel drive car with an engine larger than two liters was impractical. It was left to Oldsmobile to show how foolish that was.

Had things worked out differently, the task might have fallen to Ford, as a front-drive package had been designed for the 1961 Thunderbird, but company president Robert McNamara vetoed it as too costly. The design, penned by contract engineer Frederick Hooven, lived on, however, and was adopted for the signature specialty coupe Toronado, in the 1966 model year.

Hooven's contribution to the state of the art was to place the transmission under the engine, or rather beside it, rather than to the front or rear. This made for a much smaller power package. Hooven achieved this by using a drive chain between the torque converter and the transmission itself, which was placed to the left of the engine. Drive to the right front wheel tunneled through a passage in the crankcase, although in production this was changed to a "two sump" oil pan. Powered by a 425 cubic inch version of Olds' sturdy V8, the Toronado developed 385 bhp, belying the old two-liter wisdom by 350 percent. The car's practicality and success are undeniable: more than 40,000 were built in the first year. In 1967, the front-drive configuration was extended to Cadillac's new Eldorado.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Very attractive in the Porcelain White, this 1966 Toronado has black leather interior. A Deluxe model, this Toronado has power steering, brakes, door locks, trunk release and antenna in addition to power Deluxe seats, thermostatically regulated air conditioning and cruise control.

Acquired by the current owner in the fall of 2010, it is understood to have come from California with the less than 12,700 miles on the odometer believed to be from new. Since acquisition, nearly $9000 in work has been completed—most of it in the last two years—by Blackhorse Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The service has included flushing the fluids—including oil, antifreeze, gas, and brake fluid, replace all four ball joints and wheel cylinders, new brake hoses, brake master cylinder, and tires (including the spare), service to the headlight mechanisms, and a fresh battery.

Infrequently driven, the big Olds still fired right up and idled smoothly. Attractive and tidy, it is an excellent example of the pioneering front-wheel drive automobile from General Motors.
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<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
<b>1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 396876M538074
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