1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
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Premiere full-size car luxury Oldsmobile Toronado was held on 29 July 1965 and the autumn of the same year, at the plant of General Motors in Lansing (Michigan) began mass production. In this class, the model competed with the Ford Thunderbird, Buick Riviera and Cadillac Eldorado. The Toronado was produced until 1992 in four generations. Oldsmobile Toronado was released on a single with the Buick Riviera and Cadillac Eldorado platform, I.e. He had the body type 2-door coupe was front wheel drive. It can be argued that the Oldsmobile Toronado was the “firstborn” of the new style trends of the second half of 60-ies — “Muscle cars”.
Production of the first generation model lasted until 1970. Toronado had a more than impressive base 3023 mm; length of the machine was varied: 5359 mm (1966 — 1967), 5375 mm (1968) and 5456 mm (1969 — 1970), width 1994 mm, height – 1341 mm; during the rut 1613/1600 mm Curb vehicle weight reached 1955 kg and the weight distribution between the front and rear axles were 60.3:39,7%.
The internal space 5-seater Toronado was somewhat limited, which is not surprising, given the specifics of the car. Due to the special arrangement of the power elements salon floor was smooth. Extra long doors provide quite a comfortable fit passengers on the bucket front and rear seats.
The car was equipped with petrol engines OHV Rocket V8 volume of 7 liters with a maximum output of 385 HP (about 4800) and torque 644 Nm (about 3200). Despite the weight dynamics of the model is that acceleration to 60 mph (97 km/h) took just 7.5 seconds with the top speed reached 217 km/h. Since 1968, began production of cars with the more powerful 7,5-liter engine (375 HP/4400 and about 400 HP/5000 about for version W-34). Torque was even more — 691 Nm/3000 rpm and 678 Nm/3200 respectively about. Engines agregatirovatsya with a heavy-duty 3-speed automatic transmission Turbo-Hydramatic.
Suspension Toronado was mounted torsion bar front and leaf spring rear: a little harsh, but providing directional stability in the turns. Brakes originally installed the drum, and as it was the weak link of the machine design, since 1967 began to be delivered optional ventilated front disc brakes. Despite this, in 1966, the Toronado was the “Car of the year” in recognition of the American magazine Motor Trend and has earned several other titles from automotive publications. In the first two years of its release amounted to 40963 and 22062 of the machine, respectively.