But old GM didn't have the balls (or money) to build it.
From 1997 until 2002, its final years, Oldsmobile built a mid-size sedan called the Intrigue. It was styled to look like a smaller version of the larger Aurora, but in reality was nothing more than a rebadged Buick Century/Regal, Chevy Impala, and Pontiac Grand Prix. It’s still a shame what the old GM did to Oldsmobile. It went from greats like the Toronado and 442 to absolute pieces of crap like the Alero. The Intrigue wasn’t all that much better, but GM could have given it a touch of greatness, and here’s proof:
This is the Intrigue OSV Concept, an experimental car that was once housed in the GM Heritage Museum. It was apparently first put up for sale during GM’s bankruptcy days, but now it’s for sale again on eBay. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 twin-cam 24-valve experimental motor with 315 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s also equipped with Brembo disc brakes front and rear and a custom factory installed Borla exhaust system. The exterior has been decked out with front and rear spoilers and special badging on the front fenders and rear deck lid. Step inside and you’ll find Recaro tri-toned seats with custom-trimmed leather as well as other appearance improvements.
Build quality and materials are still probably cheap as all hell but hey, that’s old GM for you. But imagine if GM gave the now dead Oldsmobile the greenlight to build proper muscle cars the way it once did. This one-off Intrigue, with just 400 miles on the clock, is proof somebody on the inside had that in mind. Oh well, they probably got fired the day Oldsmobile’s death warrant was signed. If you’re interested in owning this intriguing Intrigue (see how I did that?), it can be yours for $21,500. Photos courtesy of realmusclecar/eBay