1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

• This 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is presently up for auction on Carry a Trailer.

• The 1966 product 12 months was the 1st for the massive front-wheel-generate coupe.

• The no-reserve auction finishes August 30.

In the mid-1960s, Normal Motors was a market-dominating colossus, and its field-major style and design section was arguably the engine of its profits achievement. Of all the several types turned out by GM’s five passenger-automobile divisions during that period, a single of the cars that very best demonstrates the firm’s styling prowess below design and style manager Bill Mitchell is the Oldsmobile Toronado, particularly in its debut calendar year of 1966. A appear at this Autumn Bronze case in point currently up for sale on Bring a Trailer—which like Automobile and Driver is element of Hearst Autos—shows why.

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To start with, you will find the sheer scale of the detail. Using on a 119-inch wheelbase, the Toro stretched 211 inches from stem to stern, producing the near-coupled coupe about as very long as present-day Cadillac Escalade. A great portion of that size is the miles-very long hood, at the foremost edge of which are the concealed headlights. Regardless of the extremely-long nose, the proportions are remarkably well balanced, with the backlight sweeping nearly uninterrupted into the decklid. A lot more impressively, the Toro is famous for its full absence of a shoulder at the window line. In a feat of body engineering, the extensive C-pillars merge seamlessly into the quarter panels. The body’s shoulder line is pushed down virtually to the mid-level of the wheels, supplying the car or truck a notably very low-slung look.

1966 oldsmobile toronado

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The Toronado was not just a styling tour-de-pressure, the motor vehicle is also famed for becoming the first U.S.-built entrance-wheel-push automobile given that the Wire of the 1930s. At the time, the unique technologies was witnessed in just a handful of automobiles sold below, this kind of as the BMC Mini. Oldsmobile was the spearhead, with the Cadillac Eldorado adhering to accommodate on the same platform for 1967 (the Buick Riviera, in the meantime, was also constructed on the E-physique system but was rear-wheel push).

1966 oldsmobile toronado

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A 425-cubic-inch V-8 supplied extra than ample thrust. One auction commenter remembers riding with his father (an Oldsmobile rep) in a to start with-yr Toronado when his father was pulled above for performing 95 mph on a desert freeway. The brakes, however—power drums at all 4 corners—are broadly regarded as a fade-prone weak stage, and quite a few commenters suggest swapping in entrance discs, which Oldsmobile shortly made offered. Note that a C/D test of the facelifted ’68 model geared up with the optional discs still pointed out some quite furry stopping actions, so thorough subsequent distances may be recommended.

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The interior eschews bucket seats and console in favor of a front bench seat, the superior to demonstrate off the novelty of the car’s flat ground. The speedometer is a rotating drum, and the gargantuan doors are so long that they function a 2nd within door tackle at the rearmost issue of the armrest, to make it possible for rear-seat passengers to exit.

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This vehicle is reported to have been restored beneath past possession, but it can be not very great. The advertising vendor notes an inoperative horn, wipers, and radio pushbuttons. None of that appears to be to have dampened bidder enthusiasm, on the other hand, as the rate at the moment sits at $23,500 with 4 days to go.