Tuesday, December 6, 2016

in 1967, Esso gave away four George Barris built Toronados (the 67 X) as prizes in a contest to celebrate the Canadian centenial

To celebrate Canada's centenary at Expo 67, Imperial Oil Canada (Esso) commissioned four custom-built 1967 Oldsmobile Toronados from George Barris of Hollywood.  2 are still known to exist.

Imperial Oil wanted a car that looked futuristic but retained an identity of the times. The Toronado body would reduce the mechanical fabrication due to it's longer front end. The added length provided a spacious interior that included swivel front seats that could face the rear wrap-around lounge seat.

This one was mislabeled as a 70 X. http://www.worldsfaircommunity.org/topic/10394-oldsmobile-toronado-x-70/

via https://www.facebook.com/groups/321577158048111/

the other one has been neglected a very long time, and is being stored in hopes of winning the lotto if anyone ever wants to buy a Barris car, even one as forgotten and ugly as this

The first winner was a Mr. Hockett of Edmonton, who picked up his five winning tips on a journey from Vancouver to Edmonton during a family vacation. The second car was won by Vernon Scales of Okanagan Landing.

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