• Apr 14, 2009
George Barris' Esso Tornado - Click above for a gallery of images

As the story goes, Esso Oil asked custom car guru George Barris (he of Batmobile, Munster Koach and Drag-u-la fame) to create four custom Oldsmobile Toronado coupes for the 1967 Canadian Expo. The car you see above is dubbed Toronado 67X, and according to the seller on eBay, it is one of the only two cars remaining. The big coupe was originally gold, but time and poor treatment have turned it a lovely shade of something other than gold (well, several lovely shades, actually).

Although the auction has just ended, we thought you'd still enjoy a glimpse of what the seller calls the "Project car find of a lifetime" (which might be how long it would take to get it back together). Structurally, the Olds appears to be sound enough, but you can forget about the floorboards and the interior (which includes a wraparound rear couch!). Despite its obvious shortcomings, the car's provenance has helped it gain an appraisal value of $21,500 (which is about $15,000 more than a brand new Toronado listed for in 1966). On the auction itself, there's even a video of the engine running but you hear a lot more wind than engine.

The car was bid to $7,701 but ultimately failed to meet reserve, so we expect to see it back up on the ol' eBay block sooner rather than later. In the meantime, click the link below to learn more about this unique piece of Barris history, and check out the gallery of photos below. Hat tip to Jay!



[Source: eBay]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the the original Toro looked better...that was a sweet car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car is mine. Yes it is rather ugly right now, but its has alot of potential. That is why I am selling it. I have been holding onto it for almost 10 years, but I do not have the time or the skills to give it the refurb it needs. The worst parts of the car are the paint job, the molded and disassembled interior, and rusted out floor panels.

      Other that it is very solid. The engine and drive assembly are strong. Just needs the full monte in the restoration department. The person who has the skills to do that is going to make lot of money off this car. Unfortunately, the video was from my camera phone. If I were going to repost it on ebay, I would redo it with a better camera.

      But that probably wont happen as it has been tenetively sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like it alot... in a very nostalgic way.

        Good luck on finding the rare ones!
      • 5 Years Ago
      from a cheesy movie...

      "That's a HUGE Bi..."

      ...bit of metal.

      It has some nice lines, but good grief that thing must be 25 feet long.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love it done but it would take a bailout from the Obama administration to restore that thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess if you restored you may be able to make some money off it, maybe - god, it is just so dang UGLY!
      yahoo sucks
      • 3 Years Ago
      i just met a fellow in harrison hot springs ,that has one of the 4 .it is gold and the interior is being redone in gold material as well.i took a few pis of this car .the pass seat swivels to face the rear,which has a pop up table and a little bar..very nice condition ,he picked it up in st louis at a dealership there.
      drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      So there are still some around? I saw a Vintage NHL telecast that included an ad for the 67X -- a prize Esso was giving away during the Stanley Cup playoffs for Canada's Centennial (the last year the Leafs won it, or should I rub it in?) ... Gordon Pinsent did the pitch ... As I recall, Esso gave out "break tab"-type tickets when you bought gas and you had to match certain poses of the Esso Tiger to win prizes. The hardest to find were the ones that would qualify you for a chance to win. Regardless of what some think Barris "did to the great Toronado", as a kid, I thought it was pretty cool (especially the bit with the passenger seat swivelling around) and seeing these pics brings back some memories.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cherry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope whoever buys this restores it to its original glory! I loved Toronados and Rivieras.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cocaine is a mother ******
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you all for the Hater-Aid... Quite refreshing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't be to hard on yourself.

        The people who hate are the people too lazy to get up and find a rare car like this anyways, no matter what condition it's in.
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