Pampered survivor: 1969 Toronado

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You know how they say “they’re only original once”? Well, the Pick of the Day is one of those. And not only that, according to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for this 1969 Oldsmobile Toronado, it was pampered by its previous owner, an “older female” for whom this Toronado was “her pride and joy.”

And apparently, she didn’t drive it very much since the seller, a classic car dealership in Boise, Idaho, notes that the car has gone only 51,263 mile, the last few by the dealer who used the car as a daily driver for a few days when it first arrived from California.

The car is a Toronado custom hardtop coupe, a code 9687 model, of which only 25,073 were produced, the dealer’s advertisement points out.

The Toronado was a revolutionary vehicle when it was launched for the 1966 model year, the first major post-war American car with front-wheel drive. Its styling was based on an Oldsmobile studio exercise to design a compact sports car concept, but it was built on a full-size platform complete with a back seat.

Power is provided by the original 455cid “Rocket” V8 engine rated at 375 horsepower. The carburetor and cylinder heads have been rebuilt, the dealer notes. The car also has new front axles and seals, ball joints and brakes.

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The car has power steering and brakes, factory air conditioning, six-way power front seat, and working (and rebuilt) factory hidden headlamps.

The color is Caribbean Turquoise Metallic — “eye-popping,” says the dealer — with black Excella-patterned cloth and vinyl “Strato” bucket-seat interior. 

The dealer is asking $18,000 for this pampered survivor.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Is there anyway that I could talk with someone concerning old cars that are project cars. They are complete (engine etc.) I don’t know what to ask for them. I am getting new titles for them as my husband and father have both passed away without signing titles and some I can’t find titles for as my house was robbed of about everything. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you.

  2. You’ll never go wrong with an Oldsmobile this car is a real Beauty I don’t know what it was but every Oldsmobile I ever bought was never a disappointment they were well-built Dependable cause and I enjoyed every one I ever owned

  3. Had the pleasure of driving a ’68 from Dallas to LA!!! The car was a theft recovery needing to be returned to Calif.. Car was a kick to drive and outstanding performer, would smoke tires!!

    • I bought a 1968 toronado w-34 in ALASKA IN 1971 while in AIR FORCE had ram air/floor shift CAR TOPPED OUT for me and another AIR FORCE BUDDY at 170MPH OWNED IT12 years it was the perfect car for ice and snow and NO SPEED LIMITS ANCHORAGE TOO FAIRBANKS//IM STILL DRIVEING TORONADO\S TODAY

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