5k: 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado

The Oldsmobile Toronado was originally conceived as a front wheel drive sedan back in 1963 to compete with Ford since they already had a patent on front wheel drive designs – not from today’s hyper focus on cost that leads to driving the wrong wheels. This 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham is for sale in Lakeland, FL – currently bidding at $6200 reserve not met on ebay.

This Toronado qualifies for the Daily Turismo badge “Minty Clean” because it looks like it just rolled off the Olds factory line and only has 12,000 miles on it (that is less than 350 miles per year on this weekend cruiser!).  This car was optioned with the Brougham package – a small check box on a dealer order form that adds a fancy cloth upholstery, brougham emblems, and a 1/2 vinyl top that resembles a receding hair line.  A Brougham option is essentially the exact opposite of a COPO optioned car.

This second generation Toronado is powered by a 403 cubic inch (6.6 liter) Oldsmobile V8 – making a smog choked 185 horsepower – but at least it produces a front tire scorching 320 ft-lbs of torque.  This is all mated to a Turbo-hydramatic 425 slushbox transaxle – the Toronado uses a strange for front wheel drive longitudinal layout that makes the front end huge and heavy.

Inside the front drive setup is very apparent with the complete lack of a transmission tunnel bump – nice for fitting a 3rd passenger in the front between driver and “shotgun” – we will call this position “loader”.  The seats are particularly Broughamic with plush cloth pillow fabric that seems better used in a Bedouin’s tent.

The rear end is also classic late 70s American styling with all kinds of angles and giant chrome bumpers.  We appreciate that it still has visible fins – a callback to the ’50s styling.

We like the rear passengers ‘opera’ style window – but we’d like to see some opera lights on this Brougham – at least it’s got the correct white trimmed tires and original wheels.

Does this land yacht have a place in your harbor or should it be scuttled with all the other junkyard Broughams?

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