The most remarkable thing about this next car isn’t the fact that it is still running on the road after 31 years or that it has a functioning “futuristic” CRT display…no..the most remarkable thing about this next car is that somebody paid about $30k for this car in 1990 (that is $62,000 in today’s hyperinflated […]
Anybody can drive any car…well that isn’t entirely true, I can’t drive Bill Gate’s Porsche 959…but what I meant to say is that you shouldn’t be beholden to the crowds of people who claim that XYZ car is only driven by ZBC people. It is hogwash. But…BUT…I think you really need to be a white […]
If you felt that the RM Sotheby’s W126 Mercedes-Benz wagon was a smidge too high brow for the pages of Daily Turismo, you could be correct. But you can’t stop us from dreaming, and when we come down from our imaginary Jay Leno garage, we’ll find something like this next feature sitting in our actual (real life) garage. Who says you need money to have sweet stuff? Find this 1980 Oldsmobile Toronado XSC Grandeur offered for $6,250 in Los Angeles, CA via eBay.
The Oldsmobile brand was put to pasture after the 2004 model year, but the writing was on the wall when the personal luxury coupe Toronado was canceled in 1992. It wasn’t a huge surprise because the Toronado had been downsized from a V8 body-on-frame beast to a V6 unibody thing in 1986…but the Troféo version of the Toronado was unusually cool — it had funky hidden headlights, a sporty FE3 suspension, faux dual-exhaust, and a badass shifter that looks like a massive high voltage mechanical breaker switch that you’d use to light up a Christmas tree in Times Square or electrocute a condemned criminal…if you were into that kinda thing. Find this 1988 Oldsmobile Toronado Troféo bidding for $2400 in Sherwood, OR via eBay.
The Oldsmobile corporate slogan in early 1986 was “There’s a special feel in an Oldsmobile”…which is ironic because that “special feel” wasn’t necessarily a good thing…but the corporate goons at Olds changed it in late 1986 to “Oldsmobile Quality. Feel it!”…also…funny in an ironic sorta way…but I have to admit that this Toronado has a […]
Few cars elicit that “wow, you never see these on the road anymore” like an 80s Oldsmobile, particularly something that wasn’t commonplace when new, like an Toronado Trofeo. The fourth and final generation Toronado was introduced in 1986 on a smaller unibody E-body platform shared with the Buick Riviera and Cadillac Eldorado. The switch to transverse […]
The original Porsche 911 has seen incredible price appreciation in the past decade, to the point that you’ve got to own a software company or be a rap star to own one of these things and the worst part is that even the cleanest museum quality version is dangerously slow in the modern world of […]
Sometimes you see a custom car and think “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to make of this…” and other times you think “I’m not even sure what this was made from…”. This next car fits slightly into the latter category with a small dose of the former, because the seller lists it as a […]
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 […]
Sometimes its just two letters that make the car. The Mustang GT, the Cobalt SS, and the Spirit R/T, for example, tacked on a bit more driving involvement with two extra majuscules. In the case of the Oldsmobile Toronado, however, this gets you a back glass that looks like it was constructed by a team […]