Oldsmobile Fouranado. Photos by Jeff Koch.
Hemmings Daily and Hemmings Muscle Machines readers might recall the 1968 “Fouranado” — a one-off Oldsmobile 442 with a Toronado front-drive powertrain — featured in print in the June 2014 issue and online in April 2014 and November 2014. If you’ve been eager, ever since, to see that car up close, it will be on display June 17-19 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as part of the annual Carlisle GM Nationals.
The car’s transformation came about in the fall and winter of 1967, when Hurst Performance Research took elements of Oldsmobile division’s biggest news for 1968—the restyled 4-4-2 and the 455-powered W-34 Toronado driveline—and blended the two to make a front-wheel-drive 4-4-2, torsion bars and all.
In order to fit the Toronado driveline and subframe into the 4-4-2, a variety of changes were necessary: The front fenders were sectioned, with the wheel openings moved forward to match, and the core support was altered so that the radiator could be pushed as far forward as the engineers could manage and still have it behind the grille. The Toronado’s frame was permanently joined with the 4-4-2’s frame about halfway down the wheelbase. The floor was flattened to eliminate the driveshaft hump, a beam axle on stock 4-4-2 coil-spring-and-trailing-arm suspension resided aft, the chrome-plated front-drive-offset Toronado wheels wore Goodyear Blue Streak rubber, and the once-black, early-production 4-4-2 was covered in Hurst’s signature shade of gold, seen previously on the twin-Toro-powered Hurst Hairy Olds drag monster.
The Fouranado will be the centerpiece display vehicle in Building T at Carlisle where there will also be a Hurst/Olds showcase and a Toranado 50th Anniversary display.
For more information about the Carlisle GM Nationals visit www.carlisleevents.com.