We don't get to see too many cars like this 1985 Oldsmobile Toronado around anymore - especially one that's a nice mix of survivor and driver. And with a numbers-matching V8, fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes this is a classic that will be easy to drive to any event and will always be a welcomed rare sight when you get there.
This car has been treated as something quite special. The history we have on it shows that it was sold new in Lansing, Michigan, the home of Oldsmobile. There are even hand-written notes about how the oil was changed basically every 200 miles by this first owner. And the second owner was so fond of this car, he bought it back after selling it. So he's now offering it again (but for how long?) And we can understand why this is special. This is the premium Brougham trim model, and it looks quite complete, right down to what's believed to be the factory paint. This has averaged about 770 miles annually, and so the finish is clean, complete, and preserved, but it's certainly showing its age. That's a good thing for most of us because we love a survivor that tells its story within the first glance. And the full style with straight body lines, chrome bumpers, and well-fitting doors that all give the first impression of a babied Olds. Plus, the half vinyl roof, wire wheel covers, and distinct red pinstripe are all part of that ideal classic American cruiser style that you just can't get today.
The red pinstripe on the outside is a great introduction to the red/maroon velour interior. The seats look quite nice, and you have the option of carrying five family and friends or folding down two rows of armrests for a more individualized comfort. The wood paneling on the doors, dash, and other trim instantly remind you of this car's premium appeal. In fact, as Oldsmobile's top-of-the-line machine, the Toronado was loaded with features and amenities that would equal its Cadillac sibling. It includes power windows, power locks, cruise control, a tilt steering column, and working courtesy lights in the doors. There are also well-placed upgrades like R134a air conditioning (it likely needs a recharge) and an AM/FM/CD stereo with a USB input for your phone. So while the odometer is quite low, they also want to give you the right feeling that this classic is ready to cruise in comfort.
Under the hood, is the numbers-matching 307 cubic inch V8. This is such a great motor with a smooth and torque-filled nature that would eventually be used throughout GM to power luxury machines like the Cadillac Brougham. This powerhouse looks stock, honest, and well-respected - just like the rest of the car. The secret to why these Toronado are likely to gain popularity is how they behave on the road. This has luxury elements like the Oldsmobile's supple ride, power steering, and four-speed automatic transmission with highway-friendly overdrive. But it also has great driver qualities like the fully independent suspension and four-wheel power disc brakes. The result is a classic luxury machine that feels quite a bit more modern than you might expect on the open road.
Because this car has such a unique story, it's nice to see it come with good paperwork. This includes the original title documentation, a window sticker copy, the warranty card, and maintenance records, including handwritten notes. This is an interesting classic that is a rare sight and has a story to tell. Call today!!!