I am an absolute sucker for the first generation of the GM E-body platform. Ideally, I prefer a 1967 Buick Riviera (only RWD E-body, first year for the 430ci V8 and disc brakes up front) but I wouldn’t kick the Olds Toronado or the Cadillac Eldorado out of the garage, either. Both cars ran GM’s Unified Powerplant Package, the combination of each manufacturer’s engine of choice bolted to the THM425 automatic transaxle. All three cars have a gorgeous shape that isn’t cookie-cutter…each has plenty of their own brand’s visual cues. And each, in the right light and with the right care, are absolute jaw-droppers. Bill Mitchell’s design was gorgeous in any form and all three shapes stand as high-water marks of General Motors’ capability.
Now, to this 1967 Toronado specifically. This one has lost it’s 425ci mill in favor of a 455ci unitthat has been tweaked mildly with electronic ignition, new exhaust with a Magnaflow muffler, and rebuilt axles. The maroon outside looks show-worthy from our personal point of view and the interior looks like the best place on Earth to kill miles…the maroon-and-black combination all looks clean and serviceable and the unique gauge setup and steering wheel are all there and just fine.
Not everything made in the later 1960s was meant to be a street screamer. The Toronado surely wasn’t. The big Olds was supposed to be a personal luxury car, a unit of innovation and forward thinking, a comfortable and stylish way to be seen rolling down the street. In today’s scene, you might as well be driving a UFO around randomly abducting cows rolling this car down the road. We say let ’em stare. We’d be tucked up inside, the air conditioning on light, riding that wave of torque to wherever we damn well felt like going.