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Car of the Week - August 18th, 2011

Sports Car Market has chosen Anthony Linhorst’s 1970 Toronado GT as the Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week.

When Oldsmobile debuted the Toronado in 1966, it was the first front-wheel drive car in modern U.S. history. The model would evolve into a very successful luxury barge and remain in production into the 1990s, and FWD would become the proven standard of the entire industry. But during the car’s first generation (1966-1970), performance for the Toronado was actually quite sporty.

Anthony’s Toronado includes the special GT option, offered from 1968 to 1970. The package offered cold air induction, a performance camshaft, and a robust transmission, bringing 0-60 times down to an impressive 7.5 seconds.

These cars were undervalued for a number of years, but recent trends have shown a boost in value, with prices ranging from $6,500 for a decent driver to $12,500 for a nice show-quality car. Anthony’s looks like a super clean example that’s worth holding onto.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.



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