The Oldsmobile Toronado was a bold idea combined with intriguing styling. It was the first attempt to apply front-wheel drive to a full-size American car since the mid 1930s Cord, and is one of the most desirable Oldsmobiles ever produced. But the Toronado was definitely a muscle car in spirit, with its standard big cube V8 and dynamic styling. The Oldsmobile Toronado debuted in 1966 as the largest front wheel drive car ever and the first American fullsize front wheel drive car since the 1930s Cord. With a 119 inch wheelbase and weighing in at 4,366 pounds, the Toronado was no sports car. But with a standard 425 cid V8 rated at 385 bhp and agressive styling, the Toronado could perform on the street. The drive system featured a split transmission with the torque converter behind the V8 engine and the gearbox located remotely under its left cylinder bank. This arrangement allowed the heavy engine to sit over the front wheels, which resulted in a favorable weight distribution (54%/46% front/rear) for such a large FWD car. The styling was executed by GM design chief William L. Mitchell and was exquisite. Design features included jutting front fenders, hidden headlamps, muscularly flared wheel arches, and a cropped tail trailing a smooth fastback roofline. All this combined to make the Toronado the winner of the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.