455 Survivor: 1969 Oldsmobile Toronado


The seller of this Toronado is in a position where he has to let go of this nice original Oldsmobile. Complete and in not too bad of shape, this Oldsmobile could undergo a drivers restoration and be a nice example. With bidding very low at $227.50 we wonder what this Toronado will bring. Find it here on ebay out of Irmo, South Carolina.69-olds-2

The 455 and under hood details look to be complete and present. The engine and bay look reasonable with some surface rust present. The seller did not mention any details regarding the drivetrains condition other than the engine is not locked up. It is likely this Toronado has gone untouched for quite a while.


The interior is complete, but there are moisture issues with this Toronado. There is mold on most of the interior surfaces. This can easily we cleaned off, but the moldy smell will take a little more effort to get rid of. Aside from the mold, the interior looks nice and complete. The front seat is split on a few stitch seems, but otherwise this interior looks pretty reasonable. A weekend cleaning, or dropping it off with a detailer would do wonders for the interior of this Oldsmobile. The exterior looks nice, and the paint even looks reasonable. It is difficult to tell, but there may be enough paint left to buff it out and have a very nice original paint job. There does not appear to be any rust from what we can see of the photographs, but the seller has mentioned that there are a few bubbles around the vinyl top area on the drivers side rear area. The chrome and glass look great, and overall this looks like a great project that could be road worthy sooner than later.


With a big heart, cool styling, and a nice patina, this Oldsmobile looks like an awesome project car. Who is itching for some ‘Olds 455 power? What do you think this nice original classic will sell for?



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  1. grant

    That seat has more than a few split SEAMS, it SEEMS it’s shredded.

  2. DrinkinGasoline

    Having owned both a 69 Delmont 88 and a 70 98 LS, I thought then as I do now…. the 69 Toro was a hideous vehicle. I’ll take no thumbs up over 50 thumbs down any day (duck-n-cover time, where’s the Fall Out Shelter ?).

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  3. Chris N

    1966 was the best and only year I ever thought the Toro looked great.

    • hhaleblian

      I’m with Chris N on this one.

      • Dylan Morgan

        The 66 was sublime in comparison. I scratch my head on this….it went from beautiful to monstrous in 3 years….why? D

  4. Chris

    The olds 455 is a great motor. Pretty compact and lots of torque.

    • DrinkinGasoline

      No question concerning the 455…..but that grille, could eat an apple through a picket fence. It was whooped with an Ugly Stick.

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      • El Supremo

        Bo Diddly, Yes

  5. roselandpete

    How can the seats get torn up like that with only 69k miles?

    • Poppy

      Sunlight and age. The vinyl GM used was very thin and becomes fragile with age and UV exposure. The stitched pleats were like postage stamp perforations. Once a split starts it progresses quickly even if you don’t abuse it. On the other hand, the true Naugahyde brand vinyl in my ’63 Studebaker is still in good shape. It has heat sealed pleats.


    Beautiful car, lose the vinyl top

    • DrinkinGasoline

      Yep, loose everything above the wheels (and the wheelcovers).

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  7. 68firebird

    Unattractive at any speed.

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  8. ccrvtt

    No question that the ’66-’67 were prettier cars and the ’68-’69 bumperment was awkward to put it charitably. But these cars were all about presence, weighing as much as the Queen Mary (and using just about as much fuel) they were their own parade as they glided down the avenue. It’s not just a car, it’s a state of mind.

    • DrinkinGasoline

      And it went down like the RMS Titanic.

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  9. cudaman

    My father and I got in to these in the mid-70’s thru the early 90’s. We literally owned 40 of them, mostly 66-67’s. They were no doubt the sharpest looking ones. The 68-69 were hideous and what I thought were the ugliest. The 1970 got better looking, but then came the 1971, woe………the 71-72 were far worse looking than the 68-69’s hands down. I still own a ’66 and a 1978 XS edition. If you don’t know what the XS edition is, google it. They’re really rare.

    • DrinkinGasoline

      Just curious….where are all of them now ?

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  10. starsailing

    Had a 68, posted a lot on it..loved it, super tuned fast, great handling etc..
    Take a look at engine photo and look at rt front tire….hit a curb and looks like blown tire damage. SAo maybe front bearing etc damage.Rust in engine bay area…from overheating / hose blowout..? causing the rust as left untreated? looks like a good body though…Good at the right price.

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