The Oldsmobile 442 is a very near and dear nameplate to many classic car enthusiasts. Applying the “442” moniker to any old Oldsmobile simply doesn’t do justice. But, General Motors thought that was okay in 1999.
Meet the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 442. The Truth About Cars discovered this one-off show car for sale via Hemmings, and it has an interesting host of features.
Foremost, this is a sanctioned vehicle from GM and not someone’s attempt at recreating then-modern 442. GM reportedly used the 1999 Intrigue 442 at shows such as SEMA to flex its customization muscles. We’d say they were a bit flabby then.
A custom body kit adorns the Intrigue, which looks to recall the original, sought after 442, and custom wheels and exhaust are present, too. Hurst-inspired gold striping also helps to conjure nostalgic memories. But, the Intrigue 442 wasn’t only exterior modifications, GM also tinkered with the powertrain.
The 3.5-liter “Shortstar” DOHC V6 was yanked out and a Cadillac-sourced Northstar V8 was put in its place. The seller states the engine does have some tweaks and 442 modifications but did not explore what those might be.
With a price of $40,000, there’s a lot you could potentially buy instead. But, you wouldn’t own the only Intrigue 442 known to exist, either, would you?