Oldsmobile Toronado. 1971–8 (prod. n/a). 2-door coupé. F/F, 403, 455 in³ (V8 OHV). Gone were the inventiveness and clean design of the original in favour of something that resembled a luxury car—but then, why not go for the equivalent Cadillac Eldorado (1971–8), which looked more traditional and shared the platform? In the 1970s, those looking for an obese GM car in this category did, though the Toronado managed to outsell the Buick Riviera (1971–3). Body-on-frame for this generation, another retrograde step; but rear-wheel anti-lock brakes became an option. Catalytic converter from 1975, so the Toronado could run unleaded petrol. High-mounted brake light standard, later a feature of modern cars; and airbags appeared for 1974–6. XS and XSR from 1977, with different three-sided rear window; XSR featured a T-top that slid inwards. Smaller engine from 1977, replacing the larger V8, to improve government CAFE standards.
Marque: Oldsmobile | Model: Oldsmobile Toronado | Predecessor: Oldsmobile Toronado (1966–70) | Successor: Oldsmobile Toronado (1979–85)
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