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The sporty Toronado was Oldsmobile’s entry in the full-sized, “personal luxury coupe” category, first produced in the 1966 model year. It was an instant hit with people eying the category, with its low and wide profile, long hood, short rear deck, luxurious interior and a powerful V-8 under the hood. Similar cars were the Buick Riviera, Ford Thunderbird and the Chrysler 300 letter series cars to name just a few. But the Toronado had something none of the others could offer – front wheel drive! 

The average automotive consumer probably dismisses “best of” and general industry type of awards as either bought and paid for or completely pointless. In some cases that may be true. But to win the North American Car of the Year (NACOY) is an honor and is most certainly not bought and paid for. The process to make it to finalist is grueling and the competition is tough. And no, I am not a member of the NACOY jury, but have the utmost respect for those who are.

Nuestra familia quisiera agradecer a cada uno de quienes brindaron su gran apoyo, amor y oraciones. La cercanía que han demostrado durante estos momentos difíciles ha sido una verdadera bendición. Cada texto, publicación y mensaje nos ha brindado consuelo y fortaleza. Lo agradecemos desde el fondo de nuestros corazones.

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My days in high school were smack dab in the middle of the ‘muscle car’ revolution. The kids at McCluer High School would often ‘hang out’ at the Steak ‘n Shake on North Lindbergh in Florissant. You could always tell who the rich kids were – the ones with the shiny new Pontiac Firebirds, Mustang Mach 1s, Plymouth Barracudas and the like. That didn’t bother me, however, I had a 1959 English Ford Consul convertible, and I was just as proud of my car as they were of theirs.