1979 Olds Toronado coupe, front-wheel drive, 50,331 actual miles. Original interior is well taken care of and has split 50-50 seats with center armrest. Also six-way power seats on both sides.
Third generation (1979–1985)
Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive
252 cu in (4.1 L) Buick V6
307 cu in (5.0 L) Oldsmobile V8
**350 cu in (5.7 L) Oldsmobile V8**
350 cu in (5.7 L) Oldsmobile diesel V8
**3-speed TH325 Automatic**
4-speed TH325-4L automatic
114 in (2,896 mm)
204 in (5,182 mm)
79.9 in (2,029 mm)
The third generation Toronado was substantially downsized, losing nearly 1,000 lb (450 kg) and more than 20 in (510 mm) in length. Reflecting its 206 in (5,200 mm) length and 114 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase, it came equipped with the smaller Oldsmobile 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8. The engine was rated at 170 HP/270 lb.ft. torque giving it a top speed of over 110 mph (175 km/h) and a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration time of 9.4 seconds.
This was considered one of the faster times for that era.
The three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was standard equipment from 1979 to 1981.
Independent rear suspension (designed by Cadillac engineers) was adopted for the new car, which helped to increase usable rear-seat and trunk space in the smaller body, as well as improved handling over previous Toronados with no sacrifice in ride quality.
This Toronado, along with its Riviera and Eldorado cousins, were the last body-on-frame, front wheel drive cars with longitudinally mounted V8 engines.