FWD Muscle Car: 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

1967 Oldsmobile Toronado

There are very few front wheel drive car that get me excited, but the Olds Toronado is a different story. With 480 foot pounds of torque going to the front wheels, this thing is a muscle car that can do some serious front wheel burnouts! Seriously though, these are special cars and this particular one is claimed to be a 28k mile, 1 owner, estate sale find. It’s also claimed to be all original and all working. There are some obvious needs, but it might be a good buy at $10k. It’s located in Daytona Beach, Florida and is listed for sale here on craigslist. Can you think of any other FWD muscle cars?

425 V8

Here’s the 425 cubic inch V8 that powers this beast! I’m not sure why GM decided to build big block front wheel drives, but it did have some nice benefits like having a flat floor inside. Having all that power go the same wheels that stop and turn seem like a bad idea, but these were built robust and seem to be able to handle it.

Split Seems

The seats look a little worn for the mileage, but you never know. Perhaps the Florida sun just weakened those seems?

Trailer Hitch

The trailer hitch and antique license plate also make me question the miles, but you never know. Someone might have outfitted it for hauling duty and then never got around to doing much of it. Either way, these are valuable rigs today so if you are in the area you may want to take a look.

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Comments

  1. Warren Johnson Member

    How about a barn full of tri 5 Chevys? Pictured are 4 ’55 cars, 2dr sedan, 2dr hardtop 2 sedan deliverys, a 57 pickup, a 56 fire truck, not pictured is 55 firetruck and a 56 cab and chassis. Some are for sale.

  2. DanaPointJohn

    That is the most worn driver seat I have ever seen for a car with 28,000 miles. Was the driver wearing sandpaper or spikes?

  3. Luke Fitzgerald

    128 – but so what – engines been out – maybe that’s a good thing – use the knowledge to bruise the price

  4. Rick

    FWD muscle car? How about the 1970 Cad El Dorado with 500 inches and 550 lb ft of torque. Had a low mileage one in the early 80s. Still have the photos of me doing a front wheel mega smoky burnout. Am a much younger man in the photos : (

    • Mark 'cuda man

      Rick….email me those pics of you doing the burnouts in the Eldo….kch126@hotmail.com

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Why don’t up upload the photos so we can all see them Rick!

  5. DENIS

    I have owned numerous 66/67 Toros….wonderful brutes but 10g is too much…not that valuable…

  6. Steve

    What’s parts availability like for the whole chain drive deal?

  7. Mark 'cuda man

    My father and I owned 35 ’66-’70 Toronados and 7 ’67-’70 Eldorados and a few Rivieras in the ’80s-’90s. We thought they would be valuable one day. But not! This one (in my opinion) has clearly crossed the 100k threshold based on the seat condition, faded paint, and repainted non-original color top end of the engine. Still have some parts from back then that I’m slowly selling. One of ours was the identical color combo as this one. 10k is twice what it’s worth in todays market………

  8. Chuck F 55chevy

    I have seen several in a little worse shape for $6k, so there is probably a lot of room to negotiate. The trailer hitch reminded me of a 1978 Vette I had with one, and I even used it once to tow a small trailer of furniture from Navarre FL to Enterprise AL. As for a fwd muscle car not a one comes to mind, or is a 1995 Mazda RX7 fwd? I had a 1985 fwd Buick Riviera, and it was a pretty quick car, one with a turbo might be close to muscle car status.

    Warren Johnson,
    Tell me more about a barn full of Tri Fives, email thru mail@barnfinds.com and ask to forward it to Chuck F (55chevy) I am also 3rd down on the BF contributors list here http://barnfinds.com/about/ and I was just talking with my boss about me having a nick name email address at work at navy dot mil and he said he never sees that, our format is chuck.f—– at n dot m

  9. Joe Moss

    I remember those 50s-60s cars well. I know of several people that put on hitches to protect their cars bumpers from people who liked to park by feel. These also came in handy to take your fishing boat to the lakes..

  10. jim s

    did anyone ever make a manual transmission conversion kit, that still keep it FWD, for these? i think these are muscle cars and GM did a great job with them. interesting find

  11. Ed P

    I always liked the low squat look of these cars. The bulges over the wheels give the illusion of good handling.

  12. Texas Tea

    I was a oil field deck hand on a drilling rig in the early 70s (summer teenager working) and ride in the back seat of one of these boats. It was a terrible car with no suspension and would bottom out on the least of bumps. The guy that owned the car was no better. Not good memories. The car was a piece of sh*t.

    Life got better………….

  13. Chuck F 55chevy

    Wait, I may have a great fwd hot rod, errrr, sports car, a 1991 Lotus Elan convertible. Updates to come if I trade my 04 Crossfire for one, check this out…
    http://www.lotuselancentral.com/faq.htm

  14. Bobsmyuncle

    I always like to point this out;

    http://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/motorsports/1966-pikes-peak-hillclimb/

    I really like these myself and this body and the egg crate grill is my favourite iteration.

    • Bobsmyuncle

      Funny how the manufacturers were so focused on seating for 6 at that time. That was a required design parameter for the Corvair too.

  15. Charles

    My guess on the driver’s seat is that the material has rotted from age. I have seen a significant number of low mileage old cars that the interior fabrics rot and fail due to age, not wear and tear.

  16. Charles

    When these cars were introduced, Reese Trailer Hitch company ran ad’s in various magazines with an Old’s Toronado towing a travel trailer with a Reese Hitch installed. The rear wheels on the car were removed and the trailer provided the rear wheels through the load equalizer hitch. It was impressive!

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