DT: 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado 455

First introduced for the 1966 model year, the Oldsmobile Toronado featured an array of what was for American cars of the period, uncommon technologies such as unibody construction, torsion bar front suspension, and a chain-driven front-wheel drive automatic transaxle. This 1968 example was acquired by its current owner approximately 30 years ago and is said to have received extensive upgrades and refurbishment over the years. Notable features include a custom paint job, custom upholstered bucket seating, a custom dashboard and center console, a professionally built 455 Rocket V8, Hurst accessories, and much more. Accompanied by extensive records detailing its build, this Toronado is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Ohio, having covered approximately 1,600 miles since its completion in 2017.

The Toronado was originally conceived in the form of a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962, his design would go on to be selected for a new model that would compete with the Buick Rivera and Ford Thunderbird. This 1968 example is finished in a custom multi-stage shade of white and features a grey accent stripe and a white vinyl roof. The seller notes that all body panels and glass retain their original dimensions and that all brightwork and trim remain OE or OE-style. A collection of detailed images can be found in the gallery along with photos documenting the cars refurbishment. Details include “Hurst” badging on the fender and at the rear, dual polished exhaust outlets, and a custom ram-air intake system incorporated into the headlights/grill. It rides on a set of 15” steel with polished hubcaps which come dressed in Coker redline tires from 2007.

The cabin has been completely reupholstered in a custom white vinyl including the front bucket seats, rear bench, door panels, and headliner. The floors are lined with black carpets and the dashboard is upholstered in black vinyl with custom-machined panels housing a suite of Auto-Meter instrumentation. Details include power windows, a custom center console, Simpson 3” racing lap belts, and a Hurst pistol grip shifter. The seller notes that the climate control system has been removed and confirms that all gauges, electronics, and accessories remain functional.

Power comes from an Oldsmobile 455 Rocket V8 which has been bored .040 over and professionally upgraded by RPM of Medina, Ohio. The seller notes that the engine block is not original to the car. The front wheels are driven by way of a 3-speed automatic transaxle. Records documenting the engine build and service have been provided by the seller and are available for reference in the gallery.

This sale will include owner's literature, several binders, records, and a clean title. 

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  • texacoSC 1 week, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $18,000

  • Ploomashh1 1 week, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $17,000

  • superlight (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    Good morning all- this car is a very good example of cost being secondary to the end/desired result. Our reserve is almost 1/3 of what has been spent on this project. And yes, DAMAHO912, the sky is the limit on something like this. Thanks for the kind words.

  • Damaho912 1 week, 2 daysago

    Can’t help but think what Joe Martin might be able to do with this beauty!

  • hopedalefruitfarm 1 week, 2 daysago

    Love the cold start video! Sounds great.

  • superlight (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    Thanks Cward2- Agreed, and thank you for the comment. Such a significant vehicle to the collector/enthusiast looking to diversify thier collection with the ONLY front wheel drive with a big block from the 60's

  • Cward2 (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    What a beautiful car. To my eye, there's not a bad angle on these.

  • jbauto (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    I used to work at an Olds garage in the 70's. Did a lot of front end work on these along with CV boots. I never opened a Hood to find an engine like that!! I don't see cruise or A/C. Never seen one without it .

  • superlight (seller) 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Hi all and thanks for looking at this unique, big block, front wheel drive muscle car. We have documentation to extensive to list but will do our best to get any specific questions or concerns answered in a timely way. I'd like to thank the staff @ Pcar for offering this Hurst Tribute Toronado on thier site. Bid on this car with confidence as it has been complete and sorted since approx. 2017.

  • Koolcars 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

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DT: 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado 455
Buy Now: $32,500 Final Bid: $18,000
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