Declasse Tornado

The Declasse Tornado is a vintage 2-door hard-top/convertible featured in GTA 5 and GTA Online. The Tornado resembles a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air in its front end and overall shape. Headlight, grille and front bumper cues taken from the 1958 Cadillac, while the tail light pods are taken from the 1960 Cadillac. Originally incorrectly identified as a 1957 Cadillac but ingame Cadillacs are referred to as Albany with Chevrolet referred to as Declasse. The iconic tail fins and bodyside trim treatment clinch the identification of the Tornado as a ’57 Chev. There are probably more variants based on the standard Declasse Tornado than any other vehicle in GTA 5.

Having only two doors, the Declasse Tornado is only designed to carry two occupants. The car does make up for this with its above average top speed and acceleration, as well as its generally stable cornering (even with its long wheelbase that is supposed to hamper the car’s maneuverability). Braking, however, isn’t so great. The Tornado is also quite durable and can take a good bit of road damage/gunfire before exploding. One disadvanatge of the Declasse Tornado is that it perfroms horrible while driving up hills. It again does not have a visible fuel cap, but it will explode if the front engine is shot enough or if its hit from a high enough impact (rolling down a steep hill and directly hitting the ground with sensitive spots may result in an instant explosion). The beater models commonly found in Blaine County tend to have a delayed engine ignition, which could become a problem in the event of a situation that requires a quick getaway.

Declasse Tornado GTA 5 Front View
Declasse Tornado GTA 5 Front View
Declasse Tornado GTA 5 Rear View
Declasse Tornado GTA 5 Rear View

Declasse Tornado Variants

There are four different basic Declasse Tornado variants available in GTA 5: A hard top and a convertible with good paint, and ‘beater’ versions of those two, featuring faded paint and rust.

A convertible mariachi beater version can be seen during mission The Civil Border Patrol, with sombreros and guitars on the back seat. It can be stolen after stunning its owners, required to obtain the gold medal in the mission. This version cannot be modified at Los Santos Customs but can be repaired. It is also very rare to find it outside of the mission, but it can occasionally be found east of Grapeseed and Sandy Shores.

There are unique modified Tornados belonging to the Los Santos Vagos, Families and Ballas gangs, in both hardtop and convertible variants. The hardtop gang variants feature a classic hood, triple golds lowrider wheels, fender skirts and chrome detail, fender ornaments, side exit exhaust, and limo window tint. The convertible gang variants feature lead sled lowrider wheels, fender chrome detail, fender ornaments, short exhausts, and limo window tint. Gang members will open fire on the player if he/she attempts to steal one of their cars. If Franklin steals a Families Tornado, he will be ignored.

There are unique non-gang modified variants that can be found in El Burro Heights at the bus junkyard on the corner of South Shambles Street and Hanger Way, most often at night, in both hardtop and convertible variants. These share the same upgrades as the gang variants but unique paint. The hardtop variants feature dark blue with a light blue pearlescent paint, and bronze wheels. The convertible variants feature black steel with a unique pearlescent paint, silver secondary paint, and unique silver wheels. Similar unique non-gang modified variants of the Albany Buccaneer, Manana, and Peyote can be found parked at the same bus junkyard as well as in front of Olson’s Autos on El Rancho Boulevard in Cypress Flats, most often during the day.

GTA 5 Car: Declasse Tornado Detailed Info and Location

Car Price:
$3000 (Los Santos Customs)


Top Speed:
280 km/h

Extra Mods:
Bumpers, Fenders, Hood, Exhaust, and Turbo.

Copy of Real Life vehicle:
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

Declasse Tornado Location in GTA 5:

Beater Version:

  • Commonly driven by Rednecks in and around Sandy Shores.
  • Usually seen in South Los Santos and Blaine County.
  • Usually found in dock areas of Los Santos.

Standard Version:

  • Can be sometimes found driving around Rockford Hills near Michael’s House.
  • At the Domestic Japanese European Garage, south from nearby Vinewood Police Station, central Vinewood.
  • Modified yellow variants are driven by the Vagos in Rancho, and can be found parked in the parking lot at Rancho Projects.
  • Modified purple variants can sometimes be seen driving on the Grove Street cul-de-sac by a Ballas gang member.
    • They can also sometimes be parked in the same area.
  • Spawns in front of a machine workshop on Elgin Avenue in Hawick.
  • Modified green variants can be found on Forum Drive, parked, or being driven. Franklin can steal them and not get shot at as opposed to if the player tried to take a Ballas or Vagos variant. This is an easy way to get the Tornado for Delivering the Truth.
  • In GTA Online, Declasse Tornado sells for $3,000 in Los Santos Customs.