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Old 11-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #61 (permalink)
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There's something so nostalgic and beautiful in the seemingly overlooked and plain. Something so elegant and so beautifully understated about the VW K70. It feels like chic European poverty, haha, which I think is a very expensive style in France nowadays. It's poverty in style maybe. Like that beautiful girl next door, who you never noticed, but was your perfect match, who you should've married. This car is for her.



Aussie Valiant of the same era almost seems like a slightly larger and somewhat similar version of this??


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I've always been on the fence about 1st gen Toronados. Seems if they made the body a little smaller and changed the body lines a little it could really have made it a beauty. But the idea of a monster v8 with front wheel drive is an idea I never understood why it didn't become more popular especially in the snowbelt, back when gas was cheap of course lol.
If I remember correctly, the early Toronado had a quite odd chain-driven primary transmission (from the engine to the gearbox)...
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If I remember correctly, the early Toronado had a quite odd chain-driven primary transmission (from the engine to the gearbox)...
Yes and they also had had a completely flat floor (no transmission hump).
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And FWD I believe.
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And FWD I believe.
The Toronado was the first American FWD since the Cord 812/816. Another interesting feature are the symmetrical driveshafts, which should lead to a decrease in the torque-steer issue.
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The Caddy Eldorado for '67 was a much better non chain setup.

The Tornado certainly had the better looks. The Eldo reportly handles very well for its size.

Have you seen Leno's Tornado that was converted to RW drive?
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I can't help but smile to think of one of these with 215 alum Buick with
modern fuel injection at still around 1,500# Would create huge smiles!!!
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Have you seen Leno's Tornado that was converted to RW drive?
With a Corvette transmission, right?

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