Golden Oldie: 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

The Oldsmobile Toronado was a groundbreaking car for a number of reasons — but it wasn’t the first front wheel drive ‘Murican car there was a Cord 810 back in 1936…nor was it the first car with a rotating drum style speedo, (although the Toronado and Riviera both used the drum with the miles/hr written on the drum, but look at all those old speedos that use a ‘sliding bar’ display, like the 1957 Buick etc. It is actually a painted drum as wide as the display with a diagonally split red/white surface.  As the drum rotates and the ‘window’ is a slit, the display appears as  a bar/ribbon which grows from left to right).  It also wasn’t the first car with side marker lights, or shoulder harness for safety belts.. see every 1968 GM product as well as those pesky FMVSS Regs….BUT the Toronado did have a sweet hidden headlamps and a body shape that is wicked, so this car still gets three thumbs up.  Find this 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado offered for $7000 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

From the seller:

A uniquely american car. Runs well! Perfect lines and gaps. Relaxing rumble.

Serious buyers only please.

A first in US cars:

1.) Front Wheel Drive

2.) Rotating Speedometer

3.) Side market lights and shoulder harnesses for safety belts

It’s got that beautiful engine rumble you remember.

Nice chrome trim, whitewall wheels and factory hubcaps.

Gold color / Tan interior

58,000 miles

Only 2 owners, always located in Florida or Texas.

Clean title; Registered in Wisconsin because that was my permanent address at the time. Is not registered in Texas.

Original Bill of sale and a bunch of extra parts for future maintenance / repairs.

AC DOES NOT WORK, driver’s side door missing an armrest, and the automatic retractable grill for using headlights does not work. They are bungeed open.

Tags: classic, muscle, 1968, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1970, V8, Olds, caddy, caddie, cadillac, luxury, boat, big block, 455, rocket

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