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Personal Luxury Cars 101

Personal Luxury Cars 101

'64 Buick RivieraCaught between a luxury car and a sport sedan, the personal luxury car was a favorite in the post-war era. The personal luxury car is typically a two-door sedan loaded with gadgets and goodies. It’s less expensive than the luxury cars typically made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, and Bentley. Most of the personal luxury cars were made by American car manufacturers, although the luxurious Lincolns and Cadillacs were considered luxury cars.

The Oldsmobile Toronado

When you take a look at the Oldsmobile Toronado, the first fun fact to consider is the name of the vehicle itself. What is a “Toronado?” Is it a city in Spain, or a bullfighting term? Is it the translation of the word “tornado” in Portuguese? Well, the mystery is unveiled here today. The word Toronado actually references nothing at all. Someone at Chevrolet attached the name to a prototype back in 1963, and it was slapped onto the Oldsmobile division’s entry into the personal luxury car market that made its debut for the 1966 model year.