[UPDATED: August 18, 2016]

The XSRs live on!

One of the most satisfying parts of this website is the connections I have made. From fellow car enthusiasts to industry professionals I am continually humbled when people are drawn to the site and especially when they offer to contribute.

Well, you may have read the comment by Richelieu under this story. Yup, he actually owns not one but two (and presumably two of only two) Oldsmobile XSR prototypes. His testimony corroborates my findings that there was a period when it was uncertain if two XSRs even existed. To my honor and delight, he offered to share the following two pictures of the two cars together. In fact, he told me this is the first time that these images have ever been online and, to the best of his knowledge, are the only images of the two cars together.

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSRs together

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSRs together

While he asked me not to share his name (since people have tried to locate him to get a look at his impressive collection that extends well beyond these two gems), I am able to share that the cars are located in the state of New Jersey. He extended a generous and open invitation for me to come see the cars and the rest of his museum but at about 2,750 miles from Los Angeles that’s something that will take a little planning… and budgeting but it’s on the dream list.

Let me close this update by including this quote from one of my new friend’s emails that might warm your heart if you’re a fan of these special Oldsmobile XSRs:

“Sometimes, I still have to open the garage and pinch myself when I see the two cars parked right next to each other. The XSR became a mission for me from the start. I always knew deep down that I would someday find the one car. Little did I know, I would also find the second car and have first chance to buy it. I was put in touch with the right people to buy the silver car because they knew I already had the red car. It’s a dream to know the cars are now together after 40 years. I have two little boys, age 4 and 6 and they each picked out which XSR they want so I guess the cars are not going to leave my family. I could never put a price on the cars plus they should always stay together from now on. One local Cadillac dealership once offered me my pick of any new Cadillac on his lot for an even swap for the red XSR. He once sold Oldsmobiles and remembers the orders he took in for XSRs and how he had to tell his buyers the cars would not be built. I said no thanks to the trade. My little guys are already true car nuts, just like their dad.”

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSRs together

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSRs together

Head on over to the Detour section if you’d like to see a few pictures of his 1977 Oldsmobile Omega with just over 100 miles on it.

Thanks Richelieu!

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