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RealRides of WNY #2540 ......................... 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

March 28, 2023

RealRides of WNY #2540 ......................... 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

– Today it’s hard to believe what a big deal the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado was when it debuted almost 57 years ago. At that time front wheel drive cars in North America were almost non-existent. Oh sure, there was the odd Citroën or Saab parked at the art gallery or in the faculty lot of the local college, but some people of a certain age probably never saw either one of them in their life. Olds took a different approach to the FWD set-up, placing it in a full-size luxury coupe, and one of its major selling points was the lack of a transmission hump on the floor of the passenger compartment — “Flat floors, front and rear,” they told us. Better traction was also touted as a big advantage — “…road-gripping, terrain-taming traction” to be exact. We saw this one last summer at the Island Park Car Show.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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