These days, the introduction of an automobile usually includes the timeworn phrase “all-new” in its advertising. However, there was a whole lot of truth to those words when Oldsmobile introduced the Toronado in 1966.
The new Toronado was completely out of the automotive mainstream. Every other Oldsmobile on the dealer’s lot would push you around in comfort, but with its then-unconventional front-wheel drive, the Toronado pulled you along, When the weather got nasty–and in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year, it can–its 54/46 weight distribution kept you rolling without any rear-drive angst.
At the time, much was made over the Toronado’s front-wheel drive; after all, who’d have thought it would be the direction General Motors would start taking only fifteen years later?
That said, I hereby nominate the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado as CCOTY: Did the Toronado predict the future simply by coincidence, or was it truly clairvoyant?