Recreational vehicles come in three flavors, in my eyes: creeper van/meth lab, engine donor, and super-awesome massive three-axle diesel pusher that costs as much as a private island and is three times as luxurious. Guess which ones I get to deal with most? RVs can be cool, but there is a reason why I don’t pay attention to them: either I don’t want to get near it or I’ll never, ever be able to afford one. Chad, however, adores RVs and I’m sure this will be his newest obsession.
Reportedly a one-off special for a big name in the RV industry, this 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado GT was hacked and mated with a large camper to create an awesome RV. Up front, all of the good points about the Olds remained: the Unitized Power Package, the same setup used in the cool 1970s GMC motorhomes, was raided from these cars and proved plenty capable of hauling the weight around, though we don’t know if this one has the 425ci or the 455ci V8 under that huge hood. Inside, you get the driving feel of the Oldsmobile, but duck your head through a curtained door, and you had enough room for a bed over the car’s “roof”, a kitchenette, a bathroom and extra seating.
The last time this Oldsmobile hit eBay, the Buy It Now price was sitting at about $15,000. I have to wonder how much it would cost to graft on a fifth-wheel camper to a Toronado found on Craigslist. One of the earlier models with the hidden headlights would make for a sexy RV.