Well, we can agree on this. I'd also love to have an Olds Toronado. One of my favorite oldies.
I haven't been to a restaurant in 14 months. I get Bronchitis sometimes and if I get Covid when I have Bronchitis, it would be bad. Very bad.I know there is an OLD Car club in The Villages. I've been to one of their car shows. But I don't remember ever seeing a Toronado. That would stick in my mind, like Gorilla Glue.
It's kind of a shame, if that's all we can agree on. I'd really like to meet you at Cody's, Lake Sumpter Landing, for lunch some day. I get down there several times a month. It's a bit of a drive for me, but Jem doesn't mind, so....away we go!
Come Dec 1, 2021, we'll have a Cody's near here, by the entrance to "Top O The World" on SR200, SW of Ocala.
Then I'll be only seven miles from Lunch at Cody's.
I believe Jay Leno’s 1000bhp Toronado would cost a little more to reproduce. Worth it though.
Cooper (see Mini) was the reason front wheel drive became so popular. Other cars in Europe such as Citroen helped with engineering that made ugly desirable.Well, of course, I've heard about Jay Leno's Toronado, but in the story I heard it was 800 horsepower, and the FWD mechanism could not take that power, so he removed the Transaxle assembly and replaced it with a Corvette transmission, drive shaft and rear end. That took a whole lot of fabrication and ruined a perfectly Great FWD car.
I had never driven a FWD car, before I bought my '66 Toronado. I was amazed, at the Great cornering ability of that car.
Wherever I'd point those big J78x15 tires, that's where the car would go, on ice, snow, mud or whatever.
I'm thinking that is what led the auto industry to start building FWD cars. Most of the cars I've owned since then have been FWD cars.
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Chiming in a bit late, but I'd suggest that several Cord models from the late 1920s and early 1930s substantially predate the Toronado as the first American built front-wheel drive cars.That first year model was way ahead of all the other cars... I believe that was the first American-made front drive vehicle.