Curbside Classic Capsule: 1985 Toronado
Rest assured, I have found a genuine 1966 Toro for an upcoming full CC. And I’ve seen a fairly rare ’77 XS with the wrap-around rear window in someone’s yard that I will hunt down. In the meantime, let’s content ourselves with this somewhat mundane ’85.
And I say ’85 with a fair degree of certainty, because it took me awhile to pin it down. But I could be wrong. Nerd alert! The difference between some of the years are about as subtle as it gets for yank tanks. I suppose I shouldn’t be using that derogatory word, since this was the substantially down-sized third generation, and the last year of that series, at that. Too bad it wasn’t a diesel, then it would have been a real find. Not one Olds-powered diesel left in the whole town, so far.
With some trepidation, I will say that this Toronado is powered by a genuine Oldsmobile 307 V8 (he ducks for cover). The ’81 through ’84s came standard with the Buick 4.1 L V6, but that was discontinued for ’85. Not surprisingly, since with 125 hp and weighing just shy of 4,000 lbs, the V6 was a poky pig. Still beat the pig in a poke diesel option by a light-year.
The 140 hp V8 didn’t exactly set the front wheels on fire either. But Toronado buyers by this time were looking for something other than excitement. What exactly was it they were looking for? Style, comfort, a long hood? Some 42k buyers found it with the ’85, but for the last time, as Toronado sales crashed with the new micro-Toro that appeared for ’86. So could we say that in a way, this is really the last true Toronado? Or is that stretching things?
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