10k: This Is Your Grandpa’s Oldsmobile: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

Happy Pi Day to all — a one in a hundred 3.14.15 Pi day.  Enjoy this slice of American apple pie.  With the 1966 launch of the Oldsmobile Toronado, GM started a love affair with full sized front wheel drive luxury cars that almost ended in 2011 with the death of the G-platform (Cadillac DTS, Buick Lucerne) but was kept on life support with Epsilon II based Buick LaCrosse (Cadillac XTS died in 2014).  As everybody moves to rear-drive sport sedans with monster-inspired front grills (What is up with Lexus’s latest front ends?? Who or what traumatized those designers when they were children??) the fact is that most aging luxury drivers just want a car they can leisurely putt around in, and will trade power oversteer capabilities for cabin space each and every time.  Find this 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado here on eBay currently bidding for $3,837 reserve-not-met located in San Andreas, CA.

The seller seems to be quite the character — first he types in ALL CAPS, forgot to change the date on his camera, has a nice gated driveway on a nice sidewalk-free “old money” style street, and he has a few pea-hens out front.  This is not some car flipper who has staged in the car to make it look like an original owner, this is a real old school survivor find complete with black plates.  The seller might not be the original owner,  but you can bet he took good care of it during his time with it, and can probably point you to the original owner.

This Toronado is powered by a 425 cubic inch Oldsmobile Rocket V8, rated at 385 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs of torque (SAE gross).  It will obliterate the front tires on demand and push the 4500 lb Oldsmobile around with verve, but you gotta be willing to burn some crude. 

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