The third-generation Toronado was a much smaller car than the original full-sized version that debuted in 1966, about 1,000 pounds lighter and 20 inches shorter than the cars that preceded it. But it still exuded big-car style.
Another survivor car donated to the Mennonite auction is this 1950 Plymouth 4-door, which would make a great jumping-off point for a classic street cruiser. Tom and Connie Bunn of Goessel donated it for the auction.
Jerry Toews shows off a 1985 Oldsmobile Toronado that will be auctioned off as a part of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale next weekend. "It is amazing ... It is an incredibly immaculate car," he says of the car, donated by John and Deloris Grey in the name of the late Robert Grey, who bought the car new.
Power for the '50 Plymouth comes from the stock flathead 6-cylinder, which transmits power via a 3-speed manual transmission. The car has been converted to a 12 volt electrical system, but is otherwise virtually stock.
The rear seating area of the Toronado continues the sumptuous bucket seat theme from the front. The car was pampered its whole lifetime, as is obvious by its virtually flawless condition more than a quarter century after it left the dealership.
This unrestored 1949 Model R Minneapolis Moline tractor was donated by the R.J. Bartel family of Hillsboro. The unusual engine design was bought from the Deusenberg automobile company when it went out of business, according to Jerry Toews.