When General Motors introduced the Oldsmobile Toronado, it was an entirely distinct and unique car. It was probably the most innovative and the most memorable car that Oldsmobile has ever produced. It has a design and body style like no other car during that period has and a name that would be used solely to describe the car, as nobody understood what the name really means.
The name "Toronado" was a meaningless word used initially to name a prototype car for the Chevrolet brand that was displayed to the public in a 1963 motor show. The name ended up, however, with the Oldsmobile brand and such car was introduced in 1966. It was a full-size personal luxury car aimed to compete with the popular Ford Thunderbird and its own stable mate, the Buick Riviera. It was introduced in 1966 and had four generations and three major revisions until it was retired in 1992.
The first generation Oldsmobile Toronado was introduced in 1966. Its introduction marked the return of the front-wheel drive car, a car architecture that has not been used by any other car since 1930. It was also the first car in its kind that used a large 7.0-liter V8 engine, an engine not usually used in front-wheel drive cars because of the imbalance that it creates. The Oldsmobile Toronado, however, proved this fact wrong as it showcased a powerful all-around performance. This performance is further accentuated by its luxuriousness, making the car very popular in its first five years in the market.
The first generation of the Oldsmobile Toronado came out to be the most successful, and the succeeding generations have failed to duplicate its success. The second generation of the car provided nothing new except the introduction of some safety features including the high-mounted third brake light, and the first GM driver air bags. The third generation of the car saw the Oldsmobile Toronado grow smaller due to strict government fuel efficiency standards. Growing concerns about the environment and the harmful emission of cars also forced the Oldsmobile to downsize the engine used for the Toronado. The fourth and last generation Oldsmobile Toronado saw a further downsized car, and the powerful performance that it used to have was never regained—and so was its popularity.
The world has seen the popularity and performance of the Oldsmobile Toronado decline through the years. But the limitations posed by certain laws to the Oldsmobile Toronado could have been overcome if technologies used today have been present during that time. So if you own an Oldsmobile Toronado, there is definitely a way to make it perform better. Here at Parts Train, we have a complete and comprehensive inventory of brand new and innovative Oldsmobile Toronado parts that can make your car perform better. We make sure that every Oldsmobile Toronado part you can find here on our website would comply with existing laws, especially on safety and environmental protection.