1979 Toronado

1979 Oldsmobile Toronado What's new for 1979:
Toronado was all new for '79 and continued the trend of downsizing through GM. New rear suspension design allowed for a deeper trunk, and lower rear seat, helping to maintain interior space. Interior was rated at four passengers, down from six in previous years. 403 engine was discontinued, and diesel power became available. Production moved to Linden New Jersey, where it was built along with the Cadillac Eldorado and Buick Riviera, making this the first time Toronados weren't built in Lansing.
Dimensions and Capacities
Exterior DimensionsCoupe
Overall length (in.)205.6
Wheelbase (in.)114.0
Luggage cap. (cu. ft.)15.2
Fuel tank (gals.)20(gas) / 22.8(diesel)
Interior DimensionsCoupe
Headroom f/r37.9/37.9
Legroom f/r42.8/39.4
Shoulder room f/r 55.6/55.9
Powertrain Specs
Displacement/Type350ci 4bbl V8350ci diesel V8
Horsepower n/an/a
Transaxle3-speed auto.3-speed auto.
Identifying a '79:
The '79 Toronado had a unique grille exclusive to this year. It is similar to one found on the '77 Toronado and consists of an egg crate pattern of four openings high and four across.