1966 oldsmobile toronado : As we have caught "convertible fever" we have decided to sell our Classic 1966 Toronado. I have owned this car for going on 9 years. It is the fourth one I have owned over the years and is clearly the best of the group. I have spent the last 9 years collecting 1966 Olds sales literature and Toronado marketing information (this is something serious collectors do to "complete" owning a car and increase the value) and I believe I now have all the advertising materials. The details:1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (First year of production)48K actual miles, with the original spare in the trunkI am the third owner and have the "history" on the carMarina green outside/same insideOptions: There were two types of Toro's produced in the '66 -'67 model run, a standard and a deluxe. This one is a heavily optioned standard. It has Power Steering and Brakes, Tilt/Telescopic Wheel, Power Windows, AM Radio, and Air Conditioning.The Toronado's are front wheel drive (first mass produced ever) 425 V-8 engine and 4bbl Quadra-Jet carb.The car has new tires, brakes, a relatively new battery and exhaust system. The interior has no rips or tears and is in good to excellent condition.Last fall the car was taken apart, sanded to the bare metal and painted in its original color. At that time we repaired the only two rust spots we found and discovered that the car had never been wrecked or altered in any way. Very unusual for a car this old.The car runs and drives very well and has a surprising amount of power for a car its age and weight.
1966 oldsmobile toronado : Now the bad news: Since painting I have not had the time or inclination to finish the wet sanding of the paint and put it back together. This is what needs to be done (assuming you would want to finish the car to "show quality" detail):Finish wet sanding and power buff the car. It has several coats of paint and clear on it and this is a must to finish a show quality paint job.The seats and interior trim are out of the car and needs to be cleaned up (storage dust) and put back in. The exterior chrome needs to be put back on.The power windows need to be put back in and the weather striping (often called "cats wiskers") needs to be replaced.The door and trunk gaskets needs to be replaced (I have a source)The rear bumper needs to be rechromed (the front bumper is fair, but I have a spare)The trunk mats need to be replaced.The engine compartment is a little dirty and needs detailing.The above repairs could be done in 5 or 6 weekends of work, and would cost about $650 (including the rechrome of the rear bumper)
1966 oldsmobile toronado : (Sadly,) I've got you beat. My oldest personal copy of MT is from 1966. Idon't think you should lump all the Peterson magazines together. Those, likeHot Rod, for modified vehicles *are* biased towards GM, and from time totime they say so, because there are more (or historically have been) moremodified GM cars out there, and hence a larger audience. Now that theMustang has become the most commonly modified car, they don't see a point intrying to compete with all the "pure" Mustang magazines out there, so theystick with GM. OTOH, MT concerns itself almost exclusively with stockvehicles. Hot Rod doesn't dictate editorial policy for MT.Whatever you think of the COTY award, and I tend to mostly ignore it, it issomething they take seriously and something the manufacturers use in theirads, so it is important. It is also quantifiable, and the analysis shows nobias. It's true that they liked the C3 Camaro better than the Fox Mustangand the C4 better than the SN95. I've owned one of each ('79 Mercury CapriR/S and '82 Z28 - '95 Mustang GT and '97 Z28) and I agree with them. Neitherthe '79 Capri nor the '82 Z28 was very good, but the Z28 was slightly lessbad. Both the '95 GT and the '97 Z28 were very good, but the Z28 wasslightly better. Since my opinion agrees with theirs, I don't see it as abias. If you disagree, then you might see it as a bias.
1966 oldsmobile toronado : I have included the list below so everyone on the ng can see it. It containssome great cars, some cars that were important because they were innovative,and some cars that - with hindsight - we might not respect very much. (Ifpressed, I can make impressive arguments for the Mustang II, Monza and Vega,but I hope I won't have to.) When they present the awards, they don't getthe benefit of hindsight. The early years are somewhat distorted in thatthey used to have a rule against the same manufacturer winning two years ina row. Because of that rule, the original Mustang didn't win, because Fordhad won the year before. All in all, though, this is a pretty impressivelist of automobiles.2000 Lincoln LS1999 Chrysler 300M1998 Chevrolet Corvette1997 Chevrolet Malibu1996 Dodge Caravan1995 Chrysler Cirrus1994 Ford Mustang1993 Ford Probe GT1992 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ1990 Lincoln Town Car1989 Ford Thunderbird SC1988 Pontiac Grand Prix1987 Ford Thunderbird1986 Ford Taurus LX1985 Volkswagen GTI1984 Chevrolet Corvette1983 AMC / Renault Alliance1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z281981 Chrysler K Cars, Dodge Aries / Plymouth Reliant1980 Chevrolet Citation1979 Buick Riveria S1978 Chrysler, Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon1977 Chevrolet Caprice1976 Chrysler, Dodge Aspen / Plymouth Volare1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+21974 Ford Mustang II1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo1972 Citroen SM1971 Chevrolet Vega1970 Ford Torino1969 Plymouth Road Runner1968 Pontiac GTO1967 Mercury Cougar1966 Oldsmobile Toronado1965 Pontiac Motor Division1964 Ford Motor Company1963 American Motors Rambler1962 Buick Special1961 Pontiac Tempest1960 Chevrolet Corvair1959 Pontiac Motor Division1958 Ford Thunderbird1957 Chrysler Corporation1956 Ford Motor Company.
1966 oldsmobile toronado : 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado1973 Oldsmobile Vista Custom Cruiser Station wagon1972 Ford Mach I Mustang1997? Mercedes AAV (an SUV that's featured in the upcoming Jurasic Park sequel -"Lost World" )1992 Ford Explorer1996 Toyota Landcruiser and/or RAV/4a snowmobileThe huge buslike vehicle that can be driven from either end that takes people from the terminal to the planes and from the planes to the terminal at Dules International Airport (outside of Washington DC)1996 Honda Odyssey (sp) minivan1996 Toyota Previa Minivam1996 Dodge Grand Caravan (minivan)1970 Cadillac (NO, I can't spell) 4-door coupe de ville or whatever..1972 Dodge Dart1974 Plymouth Fury III1974 Chevy Impala 2 door convertibleAny 71-73 Casting Would be awesome.. I think they outta try the Mach I,but some other makers have given us a Mach I. Why not try a 72Convertible, or a Grande.Caravan/Voyager/Town & Country would be nice... I would opt for the T&Cwith Wood grain sides like the Aires Wagon had. And TINT the windows! I think they outta do the "Poor Man's" Muscle Car - 1962-63 (I think itis) Fury. In FULL 1/64 scale.
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