Sunday, May 24, 2015

5k: Goldschläger: 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

Ever since I read about Jay Leno's 1067 horsepower twin turbocharged rear-drive Oldsmobile Toronado, I've been obsessed with building my own.  That was a few years ago and I've been building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude website and a family in the meantime, so my Lenoronado is still in early procurement phase (along with my rocketship and volcano lair..etc).  However, if you are ready to pull the trigger on a starting point for an insane project, you can pickup this 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado offered for $5,500 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.

The Toronado was originally launched 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.  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. 

 See a better way to impress your neighbors with a cheap classic?


  1. Primo insane project with this car - power for an old Porsche. Preferably a shabby one (do they still have those?) It's been done - by the service manager for a P-car dealership Somewhere in Los Angeles. Written up in that old illustrated motor swap book we've all read and can't find any more. He built a stealth engine cover out of hardshell suitcases from the Goodwill - these days those would probably be harder to find than any of the other bits needed. See you at the stoplight.

    1. That's a pretty common swap for Corvairs and it keeps the engine and chassis in the same family without having to spend mega bucks for the Porsche cover.

    2. You know, you're right. Olds-powered Corvairs are common as dirt. Silly me! :) I guess the only advantage of the Porsche is that you can piss almost everybody off with it.

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  3. Oh, the humanity! Oh, those poor tires, howling like a Japanese bondage-fetish starlet at the mere sight of a corner!

    FWD has its advantages in packaging but in no vehicle is that less appropriate and less useful than a 4300lb 'personal luxury' tank.

    Though I have to admit these were fairly attractive, an DC the first FWD Eldorado even more so.


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