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Oldsmobile’s Success

Standard on the new 1971 Oldsmobile Toro­nado a mighty 455-cid V-8 hooked up to a split Turbo Hydra-matic 400 that let the big engine remain in the alignment typical of rear-drive Beginning with 1971, the was calibrated to run on low-lead, no-lead, or gasoline rather than as a result of a reduction in compression to 8.5:1. Horsepower dipped, down 25 from 1970 to 350 bhp at rpm.

The Toro’s Rocket 455 incorporated dual exhausts and a induction system for improved and positive valve rotators extended valve life, but of this exactly made the car a Motor Trend required seconds to go 0-60 mph in one and 16.9 to cover a standing-start quarter


Instead, the Toronado hung its hat on and creature comforts. The short frame and rear leaf of previous Toros were by a full frame and all-coil (with four-link geometry at the that enabled the big 4,577-pound to handle twisty, bumpy with aplomb.

Olds bragged about new faster-acting steering setup and the system that included with Teflon-coated cylinders to cut for smoother operation. Power-assisted brakes were continued as equipment, but Motor Trend the Toronado, with its substantial weight bias, a bit hairy to in a panic stop from 60

Other key standard features power steering, a self-regulating clock, radio antenna in the windshield, hidden windshield and wheel covers. Standard equipment included lap and shoulder for two front passengers, seat for all others, two front head an energy-absorbing steering column, door beams, padded panel and sun visors, and more.

An electric rear window which Toro­nado had pioneered, was a option. So were an AM/FM power windows and door power seat (two- or air conditioning, tilt and telescoping column, power trunk cruise control, low-fuel light, trip odometer, and stripe tires. A posh interior with a 60/40 front seat and individual for driver and passenger was listed,

Fifteen exterior color were offered, enough to even the most discriminating

In a question-and-answer interview in the December issue of Motor Trend, Division General Manger Beltz described the kind of to whom the Toronado appealed. a very selective and discerning He’s better educated any of our other owners, or most in the industry. He’s making money than even our owners. He’s very

He’s younger than the of our owners. So there you begin to get a of an individual who you might call an affluent person. a thought-leader of individual, Beltz said.

Manufactured at a rate of just 26 an hour on a dedicated assembly the ’71 Toronado made its debut on September 10, 1970. though a 67-day strike fall crimped supplies of all Motors cars, response to the new was encouraging. Model-year production upward to 28,980 units, the since 1966.

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