1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XS: Excess is Good

I always liked Toronados. My favorite is probably the inaugural 1966 fastback, but I love them all, right up to the final 1992 models.

But as those of you fine folks following my random scribblings over the past three years know, I also have a MAJOR soft spot for the more formal, glitzy and Broughamtastic 1971-78 Toros.

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1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Bill Blass Designer Edition – Maximum Broughamage

I have written up several Lincoln Continental Mark IVs here over the years. So another one won’t hurt. Ha ha! I’ve always loved the Mark series, due in no small part to my grandfather owning a Mark III, Mark IV and Mark V over the years. But I have an extra fondness for the Designer Series Marks of 1976. It was a brilliant marketing idea by Ford Motor Company, and various designer Lincolns appeared way, way, wayyyy to the final one, the 2003 Town Car Cartier. In 2004, Ford decided they didn’t want to pay to use the upper-crust name on their top of the line Town Car, and the ’04 model was unceremoniously dubbed the Ultimate instead.

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1977 Cadillac Eldorado: I Relish The Green Interior!

Another day, another ’70s cabin cruiser. As is often the case, this one, a ’77 Eldo on Seattle Craigslist (Re: the location? No comment) was posted on Finding Future Classic Cars on FB.

I’ve always loved the 1970s Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorados. They were so huge, so opulent, so unnecessary. And yet, so compelling. While my ultimate Eldo is, depending on the day, a silver-blue ’71 convertible or triple yellow ’78 Biarritz coupe.

But today, I fell in lust with this white example-with optional Astroroof and lovely green leather interior.

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3: Executive Express

Once again, I’ve been hanging out on my deck upon returning from the office on this fine, sunny Thursday afternoon, and got right down to business: fixing a drink, and checking out interesting old rolling stock online, on the fb group, Finding Future Classic Cars.

Today’s set of wheels is perhaps as far away from the ’71 Ambassador as you can get, but like the Kenosha Cadillac, I love it. To wit: Mercedes’s early ’70s hot rod, the 300 SEL 6.3.

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1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham LS: Finest Full Size

It’s time, once again, my friends, for the weekly Klockau Lust Object. Unsurprisingly, it is another GM luxo-gunboat. In this case a metallic Sage Green Olds.

For years, the Delta 88 was the mainstay big Olds. Solid. Comfortable. Reliable. Imposing, but not so fancy as a Ninety-Eight, or, gasp, a Cadillac, to offend those at the Sons of Knute lodge when you went over for canasta.

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