Follow the Leader is the sales introduction film prepared for dealers to
let them know all of sales advantages to be found in a 1937 Oldsmobile. In
1937, Oldsmobile was a pioneer in introducing a four-speed semi-automatic
transmission called the "Automatic Safety Transmission", although this
accessory was actually built by Buick, which would offer it in its own cars
in 1938. This transmission featured a conventional clutch pedal, which the
driver pressed before selecting either "low" or "high" range. In "low," the
car shifted between first and second gears. In "high," the car shifted
between first, third and fourth gears.
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 10 second car
Here's a very street-able 10 second '71 Oldsmobile Cutlass! It started out
as a very clean stock original that then received a pro built 468 ci V8 big
block and a turbo 350 automatic with a
4800 stall converter. The engine has a .720 lift solid roller cam shaft,
ported 781 heads, 12:1 compression, forged pistons, 150 shot of NOS,
digital MSD ignition, MSD wires, MSD Blaster SS coil, Hooker Super Comp
headers, custom aluminum radiator with dual electric fans, Weiand Team G
single plain intake manifold, Demon carburetor, K&N filter and breather,
March pulley system, fluid dampener, Magna Fuel Pressure control system,
NOS Powershot control system, and the wiring is all very clean under the
hood. Out back there's a12 bolt posi rear end with 4:10 gears and Mosier
axles, a Barry Grant fuel system, and Hotchkis rear suspension. The Cutlass
sits on a set of Billet Specialties 15 inch polished aluminum wheels with
Mickey Thompson 26x7.50-15LTs up front and 28x12.50-15LTs out back, and has
a lightweight Aerospace Components disc brake kit. The interior features a
6 point roll bar and retains all the factory interior, 4 point harness
system, has hideaway Autometer gauges, and a working stock radio! The car
has had a cowl hood installed, painted to match the rest of the original
paint. This is a VERY reliable, VERY street-able, 10 second car!
WRECKS MAYHEM CRASHES! Involving all OLDSMOBILES CARS!!
Ready to watch a depressing video Oldsmobile fans? Here is most of the
picture I have collected over the years of wrecked Oldsmbile
cars..........Be warned it is depressing that most of these cars are now
1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 - Jay Leno's Garage
1959 Oldsmobile Super 88. Original and unrestored! After a few minor
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132684 / 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/bqnsftq
You're looking at what is without question the nicest 1968 Oldsmobile
Toronado on Earth. With just 10,042 original miles, this triple black
luxury cruiser is at the leading edge of an emerging trend. As stunning as
this car is, imagine the reaction when it hit the streets in the late
1960s! Finished in black with a black vinyl top, it's a rare color
combination from an era when bright metallic were all the rage. As a
low-mile original, you know the car has never been apart, rusty, or
damaged, so all the body gaps are just as the factory did it, and it fits
together extremely well. The guys at Oldsmobile knew they were building
something special, and it would become a halo model for the entire General
Motors corporation, a symbol of their engineering prowess.
The big news for 1968 was indeed big—455 cubic inches big! Generating a
very impressive 375 horsepower and a towering
510 pounds of torque, the wonderful V8 easily moves the Toronado in a way
that says muscle car more than luxury coupe. It is also beautifully and
expertly detailed, with proper Oldsmobile Turquoise paint on the block, a
correct air cleaner and decal, and a lot of bright hardware that looks
fresh off the factory assembly line. Thanks to its outstanding originality,
this car is a veritable road map for restorers and will be a contender at
the highest levels, and not just in survivor classes, but in any class.
At first glance, one would think that a big coupe with an American V8 up
front driving the front wheels would be a recipe for understeer, but the
truth is that the Toro is quite well balanced and even agile for a car of
its size. GM engineers did a spectacular job of packaging, which puts the
torque converter behind the engine in the usual place, but the special
TH425 3-speed automatic lives next to the engine, not behind it. The whole
assembly is driven by a chain that GM called "indestructible" and after
years of real-world testing in the field, that has proven to be largely
true. This one also features power drum brakes at all four corners, with
the finned drums themselves used as design elements poking through the
wheels. Those handsome wheels are unique to the front-wheel-drive full-size
GM vehicles, and carry period-perfect narrow white stripe radials.
The black interior is brilliant, with avant-garde design and beautifully
executed detailing that shows you that GM was pulling no punches in the
1960s. The unique drivetrain allows a completely flat passenger compartment
floor, which means six can ride in true comfort. The wide bench seats offer
an inviting combination of fabric and vinyl seating surfaces, with the
front seat giving the illusion of buckets thanks to a wide center armrest.
The gauges flank an extremely cool rotating speedometer, just behind a
steering wheel clearly influenced by Olds' rocket insignia. There's also an
AM/FM radio, a power antenna, and just enough chrome to offset all the
black upholstery. The giant trunk carries a full sized spare and jack
assembly tucked way up in the front, leaving plenty of room for a week's
worth of luggage.
Make no mistake, the first generation Toronados are appreciating quickly.
Of course, the trick is always to find a low-mileage, solid example, and
there just can't be any nicer than this. Add in the highly desirable triple
black color combination and its simply stunning presentation, and you have
a Toro that will win fans wherever it goes. Compare this car to any of its
muscle car cousins and you'll see that it represents a screaming bargain at
the same time. Big horsepower in a trim, 2-door
coupe package has always been a winning recipe, and Oldsmobile fans have
known it for years. Now it's your turn. Call today!
132198 / 1957 Oldsmobile: Golden Rocket 88
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/blcwa26
Don't be fooled by the large-by-huge chrome wheels it's wearing today, this
particular '57 Golden Rocket 88 is an authentic J2 car, and is extensively
and thoroughly restored to original condition from top to bottom. Our
documents suggest that this is one of only four Golden Rocket 88 2-door
sedans in existence with the J2 engine.
The two-tone bodywork on this car is spectacularly done and looks
especially striking in black and white with a red stripe in the chrome trim
that separates the two halves. Bodywork is beautiful, with straight panels
and excellent fit throughout, evidenced by the miles-deep reflections in
The real story on this Olds is the J2 371 cubic inch engine under the hood.
Fully rebuilt during the restoration, it runs like new and the passing of
years has proven that these are some extremely durable engines. Detailing
is first-rate too, from the 'Oldsmobile J2 Rocket" decals on the valve
covers, to the correct 2-barrel carburetors, to the original power steering
system that's fully functional. You'll note that this engine sports a trio
of shorty air cleaners on the carbs, but the original dual oil-bath air
cleaner is also included.
The engine is backed by a 3-speed Hydramatic transmission, and drives the
original rear end. Brakes were rebuilt to stock specifications, as was the
suspension, although the car was given a subtle, aggressive look by
tweaking the spring height slightly. The car wears a set of chrome Billet
Specialties wheels, but the original 15-inch steel wheels and plain hubcaps
From the tri-tone seats with patented GM comfort weave cushions, to the
positively breathtaking instrument cluster, this interior is new. The
original radio has been upgraded to include an iPod interface. The trunk is
sporting a custom carpet, but an original trunk mat is included.
This Olds is fast, comfortable, luxurious, and about 2/3 the cost of a
comparable Chevy. There are no irreversible modifications, and this car
could be put back to 100% stock condition in an afternoon. Act fast and
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Information about Oldsmobile V8 engines
In this video I talk about the "late" Oldsmobile V8 and offer tips on how
to identify them by number.
"Late" in this instance means 1964-1990. Early('49-64) Olds engines are an
entirely different block, etc.
Sometimes my info gets a bit twisted when it stays inside my head for a
while, so a correction is that '77-80 heads are 3A, not 4A. 4A heads are
Also, to clarify and avoid confusion, this...7 A is a 350 head, this...7A
is a later 307 head. You can also tell the difference easily by the ports.
Late 307 and 260 ports are half the size of any other versions.
Trivia: The Olds 403 was used in 1977-79 Pontiac Trans-Am's, but not all of
Of note...the engine in the video is painted the incorrect shade of gold,
which appears to be the Krylon generic gold. The proper shade is slightly
darker and less "glitzy"
1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 455 Convertible Road Test Drifting @ Grattan raceway
1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Road Test filmed in 1972 at what is believed to be
Grattan race track in Michigan
Of the 1304 Olds 442 convertibles built in 1971 only 110 were W30s and
only 32 were 4 speeds like this one.
SOMEONE SENT ME A MESSAGE THAT THE CAR IN THIS VIDEO HAS SURVIVED THE YEARS
AND IS TODAY ONE OF 11 DOCUMENTED 71 W30 4SPEED CONVERTIBLES OF THE
ORIGINAL 32 MADE.
Car and Track narrator Gordon "Bud" Lindemann (born August 22, 1925 in
Chicago, Illinois -- 1983) was a pioneer in motor sports broadcasting.
Lindemann graduated from high school in 1940. He joined the United States
Coast Guard during World War II, and was stationed on the USS Eastwind in
the North Atlantic. While in the service, Gordon met his future wife Kay
and they were married on February 9, 1945. Lindemann worked briefly in
radio in Boston following the war before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Big Bud" (another nickname) then became actively involved in motor sports
in the mid-1950s as an announcer at the now-defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome.
He later worked at the Berlin Raceway and the Kalamazoo Speedway until the
In 1964, while working for the WZZM-TV broadcasting company, he developed a
program called "Autoscope". The show featured local races as well as some
national events. "Autoscope" became a local success, and in 1967 Lindemann
expanded by forming his own production company, "Car & Track Productions",
owned by Lindemann himself and operated by many of his own family members.
Subsequently, he sought to produce the first nationally syndicated
television show devoted to motor sports and many additional auto forums.
Entitled "Car and Track", the show was carried by over 160 stations across
the country and covered over 250 racing and auto events. In 1975 "Car and
Track" ended its eight-year run on CBS. The show was resurrected on the
cable network Speedvision (now the SPEED Channel) in 1996.
In 1976, "Car & Track Productions" began producing racing features for
major sports shows, including "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and "CBS Sports
Spectacular". Lindemann also initiated another new trend by producing
ten-minute motor sports-related theatrical shorts. It is believed that he
continued these until his next creative venture in 1979 when he produced a
new series featuring author George Plimpton of "Paper Lion" fame in 1979.
Entitled "The Ultimate High", the program followed George as he
participated in various sporting endeavors. Some of these included
skydiving, hang gliding, kayaking and windsurfing. Plimton was also filmed
driving a Carl Haas Can-Am car and sharing an IndyCar ride with a rookie
driver named Bobby Rahal.
The Grand Rapids Press makes reference to the passing of Gordon "Bud"
Lindemann from cancer in 1983.
In 1991, Gordon "Bud" Lindemann was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports
Hall of Fame.