Most Innovative Car Of The 1960s: 1966-1970 Oldsmobile Toronado

Most Innovative Car Of The 1960s: 1966-1970 Oldsmobile Toronado

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[Music] after World War two also bill became GM's de facto performance-oriented division by offering its legendary rocket v8 in its cars during this era Oldsmobiles target market was the middle class in the 1960s it began to offer more upscale models to appeal to luxury car buyers the cornerstone of Oldsmobiles expansion into the luxury car market was the introduction of the 1966 Toronado which was a two-door personal luxury coupe that would compete
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with the four Thunderbird and Pontiac Grand Prix the Toronado wasn't a normal new car release it was the most innovative new car release of the 1960s the Toronado was the predecessor of today's American front-wheel drive cars it wasn't the first American front-wheel drive car but it was the first post-world war two American front-wheel drive car the Toronado is front-wheel drive architecture was well planned properly developed well tested and
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properly implemented Polzin Beal named this front-wheel drive setup the unitized power package which consisted of a 385 gross horsepower 425 cubic inch v8 and a th 425 three-speed automatic transmission which resided next to the side of the lower part of the engine attached to the automatic transmission were a unique differential and torsion bar sprung axles which helped to power the front wheels an innovative high
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voter i've chain connected the torque converter to the th 425 transmission this setup was quiet extremely reliable and eliminated any torque steer even with the high-performance 425 v8 475 pound-feet of torque there was absolutely no torque steer even during full throttle the big-block 425 v8 the mandatory th 425 automatic transmission and all the other front-wheel drive
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components fit so easily under the hood of the Toronado to the unknowing pedestrian the Toronado looked like a conventional rear-wheel drive car the engine was mounted in the traditional longitudinal configuration just like a rear-wheel drive car this is different than most modern front-wheel drive cars which have engines that are transverse mounted the Toronado is front-wheel drive configuration had the added benefit of giving the Toronado a flat floor without the normal driveshaft
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bulge in the center of the floor that was found on all rear-wheel drive cars at the time front-wheel drive also gave the Toronado better traction in the snow the just over 4,000 600-pound 1966 Toronado when 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.5 seconds which was very quick by mid 1960s standards the 1966 Toronado was a tribute to the front wheel drive 1936 to 1937 cord
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8 10 and a 12 which were v8 powered front-wheel drive streamlined sporty luxury cars cord introduced the l-29 for the 1929 model year which was the first american front-wheel drive car when 1937 cord 8 10 and a 12 production ended front-wheel drive would not return in an American car until the introduction of the 1966 Toronado the 1966 Toronado had the cord 810 and 812 s retro styling hughes in its
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stylish wheels pop-up headlights front grille with horizontal slots and fender humps over all four wheels the overall exterior styling of the 1966 Toronado was a combination of attractive aerodynamic futuristic sporty and luxurious the interior was very futuristic and luxurious and complemented the exterior perfectly the Toronado was a high-class car that looked like it belonged at a Cadillac dealership rather than an Oldsmobile
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dealership the Toronado really helped the giggles and build solid luxury car credentials Cadillac would use Oldsmobiles unitized power package with Cadillacs 429 cubic inch v8 for its all-new front wheel drive 2-door personal luxury coupe the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado for 1967 Oldsmobile gave the Toronado some very slight exterior design changes for 1968 even though the basic shape of the
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Toronado remained the same both the front and rear were redesigned for a more futuristic look very slight exterior design changes would occur in 1969 and 1970 the most notable change for 1970 was the elimination of the retractable hidden headlights which gave the Toronado a more conventional look the very comfortable and luxurious interior would receive slight and gradual changes over the five model years even though there were a lot of
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standard luxury oriented features there were also a laundry list of available luxury and convenience options the Toronado is 425 v8 engine would carry over to 1967 with no change in horsepower output but torque increased to 480 pound feet from 1968 to 1970 the Toronado was standard with Olson Beals new 455 cubic-inch v8 which produced 375 gross horsepower and 510 pound-feet of
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torque optional from 1968 to 1970 was the high-performance W 34 455 v8 which produced 400 gross horsepower and 500 pound feet of torque for 1970 Oldsmobile offered the GT option package which was only available with the W 34 455 v8 it was a sporty appearance package that appealed to the muscle car crowd a popular muscle car option ram air induction was only available as an
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option with the w 34 455 powered 1968 Toronado the Toronado is handling ride quality and braking we're good for a luxury car of its however the 1970 model was superior since front wheel disc brakes were now standard and the Toronado suspension had been revamped for 1970 the 1966 to 1970 Toronado was an amazing success for Oldsmobile sales were very good even though the Toronado carried a luxury car
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price a base price of four thousand five hundred and eighty five dollars when it was released for the 1966 model year it was a bold car and not only show that olinville could be a serious player in the luxury car market but also a technology leader the real significance of the 1966 to 1970 Toronado was that it proved that a front-wheel drive American car could be popular and very reliable two decades after the debut of the Toronado most cars available in America converted
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a front wheel drive and even today most new cars in America are front-wheel drive none of this would have been possible without the successful production run of the 1966 to 1970 Toronado thank you so much for your support of this channel please subscribe since your support is the reason this channel is a success and please make sure to click on the bell icon so that you never miss a new video release [Music] [Applause]
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