Final Assembly Required: 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

This appears to be a good opportunity for someone looking to restore a classic Toronado: $1,800 for a 1967 model that appears to be partially through an engine rebuild. Though it’s in Connecticut, no mention is made of any rust issues and the front-wheel driver cruiser looks to have an excellent interior despite the faded paint. Find it here on craigslist near Waterbury, and thanks to Barn Finds reader Fordguy for the find.  

I’ve always liked the Toronado’s looks, even if I find its front-wheel-drive setup a bit off-putting. The body doesn’t show any signs of major rust in the fenders or lower sills, but there’s still a chance it’s got some Bondo inside – especially if it’s a life-long New England car. The original wheels still shine nicely, and the integrated chrome bumpers look presentable.

Inside is where it really shines, with a very clean interior featuring good carpets, dash, and seating surfaces, although it appears the driver’s bench doesn’t match the rest of the cabin. My favorite feature of these big coupes is the disappearing B-pillar, as the Toronado just looks fantastic with its front and rear quarter windows all the way down. How I wish automakers would bring this look back to life.

The seller notes that there are signs the Toronado V8 was rebuilt but never completed. It’s hard to determine whether that means disassembly simply began, or re-assembly was never completed. However, as the car has been sitting for 20 years, I’m not sure it makes a difference either way at this point. If it’s rust-free, does this Toronado look like a bargain worth rebuilding?

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Comments

  1. John

    Was hoping this one would stay hidden until I could sell my BMW. Some concerns but it’s close by and I like it.

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    • LunarDog

      What kind of BMW are you looking to offload?

      • John Doran

        1995 BMW 525i 4 door sedan.has a lot of good things going for it.wanted to get rid of it to fund either my current or future project

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      • LunarDog

        I have a ’95 525i myself, it’s really a great car

      • LunarDog

        Does it have a grille off an older E34 5 series though? A ’95 525 should have the wider style grille.

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  2. stillrunners

    Not many around…maybe a good buy right there.

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  3. motoring mo

    I’ve contacted the owner, looking at it friday. Going to use it as a parts car.

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  4. redwagon

    g.o.n.e.

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  5. John Doran

    Sorryl unardog,sausage fingers, should be 94. In line 6 which has a different grille than a V8 I believe

  6. David Rhoces

    it is only good for a parts car ….unless you have unlimited $s ……

    what’s with this negotiating on a car other than the one that’s listed …..do it privately

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  7. Tom

    Looks like they were replacing the timing chain (front cover missing), and learned the motor has to come out on these cars.

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  8. Bruce

    There is one of these locally that has had the same owner since new or better within the same family as the original owner is too old to drive it but his son takes him out from time to time. It is all black and has never needed repainting and looks like the day it was driven off the show room.

    Besides being huge they are one of the truly elegant cars from america of almost any era. To see on that is near perfect on the road make me lust after this one so much. I can not afford it right now in terms of funds and time but lust after it I do. I hope it finds a good home as I expect that these will be future classics and over time become very valuable.

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  9. Marty Wilke Marty Member

    This car looked like a steal at $1800, and too nice to be a parts car….Probably why it sold so fast.

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