Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gold: 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

The Three Magi followed the Diamond Star Motors in the sky for hours and finally arrive at the roadside service station, head to the shed out back to deliver their gifts to the newborn baby Jesus.  First up was Balthasar who delivered this gift of a gold 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado currently bidding here on eBay for $2,000 reserve-not-met with $6,995 buy-it-now located in Rock Island, TN.  This feature is part of DT's Epiphany Special.

The Toronado was originally conceived by GM as a full-sized front wheel drive personal luxury car to complete with Ford's Thunderbird.  The design team put the massive V8 on top of the driving wheels and marketing team produced all kinds of nonsense about how this was safer and better for handling.  It is however a great car for a young family with a new born, plenty of room for the baby seat in the back and better than riding on a donkey.

The monster 455 cubic inch Olds Rocket V8 mated to the front wheels puts out 375 horsepower and 510 ft-lbs of stump obliterating torque.  Mashing the go pedal from a stop will obliterate the front tires in an old testament display of godly might and power. 

The Toronado front drive setup may have some barge-like handling, but it does all for a completely flat floor, no transmission bump that was the enemy of middle children all over the USA back in the day. 

Into the shed walks the next Magi Magus with a gift of Frankenbenz.


  1. Ah, a grin-inspiring post to begin the new year (and apparently part of a mini-series..... "But wait, there's more!"). Nicely done DT.

    As for the Toronado, my observation is: 375 bhp, and iffy brakes. What could possibly go wrong?

  2. Um . . . Magus, but who's counting

    If one were to buy this would one have to go home by a different way?

    1. Derp! I get tense when I am counting sorcerers.

  3. Beats riding a donkey on the Rock Island Line


  4. Looks like Joe Dirt did the wheels and exhaust tips. I always like the vents under the back window. Wasn't sure what they were for.... (insert Jimmy Hoffa trunk joke here)


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