Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Don't Call It Oldsmoboat: 1992 Oldsmobile Toronado

Production of the Oldsmobile Toronado started in 1966 with a revolutionary (for the time) front-wheel-drive architecture that put a massive V8 engine over the front wheels.  The car was comfortable, easy to drive in the snow, and free from the typical driveshaft / transmission hump that was usually present in the full sized cars of the day.  You might not be able to do donuts or get your drift on, but for the typical personal luxury car buyer this wasn't a problem, and so the same basic setup lasted through 1992.  Find this 1992 Oldsmobile Toronado here on eBay bidding for $3,050 reserve-not-met located in Elizabethtown, PA with 1 day to go.

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.  A notable change was the switch to transverse engine layout without any available V8; power was from a Buick V6. This particular Toronado has only 6,090 miles on the odometer, so if you are looking for a low mile Toronado, this is it.

Under the hood in this blue/blue boat is a 3.8 liter Buick 3800 V6, rated at 165 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque. By today's standards this seems pathetic, but for what it's worth, this thing actually made the same number of ponies as a 305 V8 equipped Camaro from a few years prior.

See another personal luxury coupe from a long time ago?


  1. This car makes me think the 90s were a very long time ago.

  2. An era when GM built some decent mechanical components but never managed to wrap them in a decent car.

  3. This car and first Gen with 455-V-8 not even in the same mix.


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