1966 Oldsmobile Tornado For Sale. 425 cubic inch V8 engine factory rated at 385 horse power, automatic transmission, front wheel drive, power steering, power brakes, 15” steel wheels with radial white wall tires, porcelain white exterior, burgundy pin stripe, flip up headlights, drivers side chrome mirror, power windows, power seat, burgundy pearl metallic upholstery, rolling speedometer, tilt steering column, rear passenger door release handles, owners book and Protect-O Plate. You just don’t find them as clean and original as this car, if you want to own a super nice survivor don’t miss this opportunity.
The Tornado began as a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962. His “Flame Red Car” was a compact sports/personal car never intended for production. A few weeks after the design was finished, however, Oldsmobile division was informed it would be permitted to build a personal car in the Riviera/Thunderbird class for the 1966 model year, and North’s design was selected. For production economy, the still-unnamed car was to share the so-called E-body shell with the redesigned 1966 Buick Riviera, which was substantially larger than North had envisioned. Despite the efforts of Oldsmobile and General Motors styling chief Bill Mitchell to put the car on the smaller A-body intermediate, they were overruled for cost reasons.
The unusual Toronado powertrain called the Unitized Power Package (UPP), stuffed an engine and transmission into an engine bay no larger than one for a conventional rear-wheel drive car. During its seven-year development, UPP components were driven over 1.5 million test miles to verify their strength and reliability. They proved so well-built the UPP was employed basically unchanged in the 1970s GMC motorhome.
The Tornado placed third in the 1966 European Car of the Year contest, a distinction no other U.S. car has achieved before or since, and won the 1966 Motor Trend Car of the Year award in the U.S.