Classic Cars

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
first U.S. front-wheel-drive car since the 1937 Cord
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

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Posted by kluv42 at 9:11 am (PDT) on Sat July 20, 2019   
Oh, yeah... I've never even heard of the Petersen Museum, but Nethercutt is FANTASTIC!

Even more so if ya like mechanical musical instruments of the late 1800's to the 1930's or so (that's what actually drew me to Nethercutt from NorCal, the cars were just a bonus!).

The musical piece de' resistance is a huge 1920's Wurlitzer theatre organ, one of the world's largest at 75 ranks of pipes...  Fully restored to concert condition.

One caveat:  Plan ahead.  They keep the size and frequency of tours limited...  Often, the museum is booked for months in advance.
Posted by notsteve at 8:23 am (PDT) on Sat July 20, 2019   
@GrandpaMike
The Peterson Museum is one of LA's gems. Since you visited, they totally remodeled the exterior. It's a futuristic masterpiece, IMO. 
And if you do return to SoCal, be sure to check out the Nethercutt Museum in nearby Sylmar, it's a hidden gem and well worth a visit 
Posted by GrandpaMike at 4:34 am (PDT) on Tue June 11, 2019   
I think it was in 2014, I was in Los Angeles and I made a stop at the Petersen Automotive Museum, on Wilshire Blvd.  It was my 2nd visit in about 5 years and I was so impressed to see all the cool cars. They had a 60s car display and the only one I really remember was a gorgeous burgundy color Toronado. The car was huge and just kind of overwhelmed everything else there.
Posted by kluv42 at 11:50 pm (PDT) on Sat August 18, 2018   
Years ago, my boss's boss (grandboss??) drove one of these monstrous cars...  

He was 6'7" and had long, long, long legs...  He had legroom to spare in this car.

I'm a more ordinary 6'0" and rode in his car once...  Felt like you could have a basketball game inside there!  In addition to the car's huge size, it had no center hump, since there was no need for one in this front-wheel drive car.

Very nice car...  Of course, the drawback is that wonderful MPG... not really.  I think it got about 7mpg. On a good day.  With the wind behind it.  :)
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 11:26 am (PDT) on Thu March 30, 2017   
I remember this car. It was two years previous, that Oldsmobile would introduce the Olds Vista-Cruiser station wagon. Oldsmobile at the time was ahead of their time concerning the design of their vehicles.
Posted by Bob Matthews at 2:20 am (PDT) on Tue September 22, 2015   
Boy that's a beautiful looking car.
Imagine the sun hitting it on a cloudless day? Cool
Posted by paktype at 1:42 pm (PDT) on Tue March 13, 2012   
385 horses under the hood - good old Detroit...
Posted by packratjohn at 9:08 pm (PDT) on Thu May 12, 2011   
The local senator's daughter drove a 68 toronado. Every guys dream girl drove a dream car....
Posted by Duff at 1:47 am (PDT) on Wed October 14, 2009   
My family bought a new 1966 Olds Cutlass Supreme (gold with a black vinyl hard top -- very pretty) to replace our 1959 Ford Galaxie. I recall drooling over the Toronado on display in the dealer's showroom.

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