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Oldsmobile Toronado
The Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
Toronado is a personal luxury car produced by the Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
division of General Motors
General Motors
from 1966 to 1992. Designed to transcend Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird
and GM's own Buick
Buick
Riviera, with its all new transaxle version of GM's Turbohydramatic transmission the Toronado is historically significant as the first U.S.-produced front-wheel drive automobile since the demise of the Cord in 1937. The Toronado placed third in the 1966 European Car of the Year contest, a distinction no other U.S. car has achieved before or since, and won the 1966 Motor Trend Car of the Year
Motor Trend Car of the Year
award in the U.S. It used the GM E platform
GM E platform
introduced by the rear-wheel drive Riviera in 1963 and adopted a year later with the front-wheel drive Cadillac Eldorado
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General Motors
General Motors
General Motors
Company,[1] commonly abbreviated as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit
Detroit
that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services. With global headquarters in Detroit's Renaissance Center, GM manufactures cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2008, 8.35 million[6] GM cars and trucks were sold globally under various brands. GM reached the milestone of selling 10 million vehicles in 2016.[7] Current auto brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, and Wuling. Former GM automotive brands include Daewoo, McLaughlin, Oakland, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Hummer, Saab, Saturn, as well as Vauxhall and Opel, which were bought by Groupe PSA
Groupe PSA
in 2017. The company was founded by William C. Durant
William C. Durant
on September 16, 1908 as a holding company
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Quadrajet
The Quadrajet
Quadrajet
is a four barrel carburetor, made by the Rochester Products Division of General Motors. Its first application was the new-for-1965 Chevy 396ci engine. Its last application was on the 1990 Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
307 V8 engine, which was last used in the Cadillac Brougham and full size station wagons made by Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick. In several areas, especially among the more performance minded, the Quadrajet
Quadrajet
was not desirable.Contents1 Design 2 Advantages 3 Drawbacks 4 Variants 5 Choke Variants 6 References 7 External linksDesign[edit] The Quadrajet
Quadrajet
is a "spread bore" carburetor; the primary venturis are much smaller than the secondary venturis
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Model Year
The model year (MY) of a product is a number used worldwide, but with a high level of prominence in North America, to describe approximately when a product was produced, and it usually indicates the coinciding base specification (design revision number) of that product. The model year and the actual calendar year of production rarely coincide. For example, a 2015 model year automobile is available during most of the 2015 calendar year, but is usually also available from the third quarter of 2014 because production of the 2015 model began in July or August 2014. When a new model is introduced there may be an additional delay to retool and retrain for production of the new model.[citation needed] The variables of build date and design revision number are semi-independent
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GM A Platform (RWD)
The GM A platform (1936) (commonly called A-body) was a rear wheel drive automobile platform designation used by General Motors
General Motors
from at least 1936 until 1958, and again from 1964 to 1981. In 1982, GM introduced a new front wheel drive A platform, and existing intermediate rear wheel drive products were redesignated as G-bodies.Contents1 1936-1958 2 1964–1967 3 1968-1972 4 1973–1977 5 1978–1981 6 References1936-1958[edit]1940 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Special
Special
Deluxe convertibleThe earliest GM A-bodied based cars shared a common platform with the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Superior, with Pontiac
Pontiac
replacing Oakland during the early 1930s. Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
also used the A-body for the 1936-39 Oldsmobile Series F and 1940-48 Series 60
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Ford Motor Company
Coordinates: 42°18′53″N 83°12′38″W / 42.31472°N 83.21056°W / 42.31472; -83.21056Ford Motor CompanyGo FurtherThe Ford World Headquarters
Ford World Headquarters
in Dearborn, Michigan, also known as the Glass HouseTypePublicTraded asNYSE: F S&P 100 Component S&P 500 ComponentIndustry AutomotiveFounded June 16, 1903; 114 years ago (1903-06-16)Founder Henry FordHeadquarters Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.Area servedWorldwideKey peopleWilliam C
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Ford Thunderbird (third Generation)
The third generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the 1961 to 1963 model years. It featured new and much sleeker styling (done by Bill Boyer)[2] than the second generation models. Sales were strong, if not quite up to record-breaking 1960, at 73,051 including 10,516 convertibles. A new, larger 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE-series V8 was the only engine available (in 1961). The Thunderbird was 1961's Indianapolis 500 pace car, and featured prominently in US President John F. Kennedy's inaugural parade, probably aided by the appointment of Ford executive Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It shared some styling cues with the much smaller European Ford Corsair.Contents1 History1.1 1961 1.2 1962 1.3 19632 Production totals 3 ReferencesHistory[edit] 1961[edit]1961 Ford Thunderbird interior with "Tilt-Away" steering wheelThe Thunderbird for 1961 introduced several firsts for the automotive market
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Rear-wheel Drive
In automotive design, the automobile layout describes where on the vehicle the engine and drive wheels are found. Many different combinations of engine location and driven wheels are found in practice, and the location of each is dependent on the application for which the vehicle will be used. Factors influencing the design choice include cost, complexity, reliability, packaging (location and size of the passenger compartment and boot), weight distribution, and the vehicle's intended handling characteristics. Layouts can roughly be divided into two categories: front- or rear-wheel drive
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Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
(/ʃɛvrəˈleɪ/ shev-rə-LAY), colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Division of General Motors
General Motors
Company, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors
General Motors
(GM). Louis Chevrolet
Louis Chevrolet
and ousted General Motors
General Motors
founder William C. Durant
William C. Durant
started the company on November 3, 1911 [2] as the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Motor Car Company to acquire a controlling stake in General Motors
General Motors
with a reverse merger occurring on May 2, 1918 and propelled himself back to the GM presidency
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Show Car
A show car, sometimes called a dream car, is a custom-made automobile created specifically for public display, rather than sale. They are shown at auto shows and other exhibitions. Show cars can either come from car companies or from private individuals. Corporate show cars generally fall into one of three categories:Cars intended to preview an upcoming new production model or redesigned model, either to assess or to whet the public appetite. Such preview show cars may be thinly disguised or slightly retrimmed versions of the eventual production model, painted in bold or unusual colors or fitted with unusual trim to attract attention. Cars intended to assess the public reaction to a type of model, or a particular styling theme or feature
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Firestone Tire And Rubber Company
The Firestone Tire
Tire
and Rubber Company is an American tire company founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles, and the company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires
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Automatic Transmission
An automatic transmission, also called auto, self-shifting transmission, n-speed automatic (where n is its number of forward gear ratios), or AT, is a type of motor vehicle transmission that can automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle moves, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. Like other transmission systems on vehicles, it allows an internal combustion engine, best suited to run at a relatively high rotational speed, to provide a range of speed and torque outputs necessary for vehicular travel. The number of forward gear ratios is often expressed for manual transmissions as well (e.g., 6-speed manual). The most popular form found in automobiles is the hydraulic automatic transmission. Similar but larger devices are also used for heavy-duty commercial and industrial vehicles and equipment. This system uses a fluid coupling in place of a friction clutch, and accomplishes gear changes by hydraulically locking and unlocking a system of planetary gears
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Torque Converter
A torque converter is a type of fluid coupling which transfers rotating power from a prime mover, like an internal combustion engine, to a rotating driven load. In a vehicle with an automatic transmission, the torque converter connects the power source from the load. It is usually located between the engine's flexplate and the transmission. The equivalent location in a manual transmission would be the mechanical clutch. The key characteristic of a torque converter is its ability to multiply torque when the output rotational speed is so low that it allows the fluid coming off the curved vanes of the turbine to be deflected off the stator while it is locked against its one-way clutch, thus providing the equivalent of a reduction gear
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Epicyclic Gearing
An epicyclic gear train consists of two gears mounted so that the center of one gear revolves around the center of the other. A carrier connects the centers of the two gears and rotates to carry one gear, called the planet gear, around the other, called the sun gear. The planet and sun gears mesh so that their pitch circles roll without slip. A point on the pitch circle of the planet gear traces an epicycloid curve. In this simplified case, the sun gear is fixed and the planetary gear(s) roll around the sun gear. An epicyclic gear train can be assembled so the planet gear rolls on the inside of the pitch circle of a fixed, outer gear ring, or ring gear, sometimes called an annular gear
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Hydra-Matic
Hydramatic
Hydramatic
(also known as Hydra-Matic) is an automatic transmission developed by both General Motors' Cadillac
Cadillac
and Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
divisions. Introduced in 1939 for the 1940 model year vehicles, the Hydramatic was the first mass-produced fully automatic transmission developed for passenger automobile use.Contents1 History 2 Design 3 See also 4 Notes 5 External linksHistory[edit] During the 1930s, automakers sought to reduce or eliminate the need to shift gears. At the time, synchronized gear shifting was still a novelty (and confined to higher gears in most cases), and shifting a manual gearbox required more effort than most drivers cared to exert. The exception here was Cadillac's break-through synchromesh fully synchronized manual transmission, designed by Cadillac
Cadillac
engineer Earl A
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