Is the Oldsmobile Intrigue OSV Concept Intriguing Enough To Buy For $19,500?

The Oldsmobile Intrigue was never too intriguing and production wrapped up after five years following General Motors’ decision to shutter the brand.

Countless models are now available on Craigslist for less than $2,000 but a special Intrigue recently popped up on eBay for $19,500. While that’s nearly ten times the price of a standard Intrigue, the model in question is the Intrigue OSV concept from 2000.

Designed to hint at a possible performance model, the Intrigue OSV concept was equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine which produced 260 hp (193 kW / 263 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. That might not sound like much by today’s standards but it was a significant improvement over the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 which developed 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS) and 234 lb-ft (316 Nm) of torque.

The Intrigue’s four-speed automatic transmission carried over but Oldsmobile wanted the OSV concept to appeal to driving enthusiasts. As a result, engineers installed Koni springs and struts as well as Brembo brakes.

Besides the performance upgrades, the car was equipped with sportier bodywork, a center-mounted Borla dual exhaust system and 19-inch alloy wheels. The minor styling changes continued in the cabin as the concept has Recaro front seats, titanium pedals and red leather accents on the steering wheel and shifter.

The concept only has 493 miles (793 km) on it and the $19,500 price is for the buy it now option. The Florida dealer which is offering the car is also accepting offers so here’s your chance to buy a piece of Oldsmobile history.

This isn’t the first time the car has gone up for sale on the auction site but it is $2,000 cheaper this time around. That may not sound like much but it’s enough to buy a standard Intrigue and have a little left over.

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  • TedNotTheBear

    Really clean.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Where was this pic taken? Wendy’s drive thru?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Who eats fries with a salad? And who eats a salad at Wendy’s?

  • Six_Tymes

    Didn’t GM put this up for sale approx 4 years ago? I am fairly certain they had a 3rd party buy/sell for them.

    I always liked this car, a lot. Back in 2000 this was a major head turner at car shows, it really stood out, and still looks good today. But at that price with zero warranty, it would not be a smart buy, unless you were a wealthy collector I suppose.

    • Status

      Post bankruptcy GM was selling lots of concepts, but many were what I would call “non-essential” concepts that were either just trim and body modifications of production cars, or static 1:1 models that weren’t truly earth shattering and were really design exercises in the studio.

      If I’m not mistaken, there were OSV concepts for the entire range of Oldsmobile back then; none of which made it to production and were just trim jobs.

      • Yeah, it looks like Oldsmobile contracted tuning shop and ask them to create concepts for auto shows. Still maybe for Oldmsobile collectors. This would be an interesting car.

  • Merc1

    No it’s was a POS just like every other Olds towards the end. Put it in the dustbin with the rest of the brand’s junk. GM should be ashamed to let Olds sink so low and then die with all that rebadged crap. They were onto something with the original Aurora but couldn’t get it right.

    M

    • LWOAP

      POS??

      I’ll have you know that Oldsmobile was anything but a POS. It was the Rolls Royce of GM back in the day. I mean just look at them, they were…..special.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Wow, never heard anyone suggest an Oldsmobile was the Rolls Royce of anything before.

      • Merc1

        Are you ill? Olds was junk by 80’s like every other POS cars GM heaved onto the road. You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

        M

        • LWOAP

          I know exactly what I’m talking about and I assure you that Oldsmobile set the standard that the rest of the world followed. Trust me on this one; I’m an expert. I spent a whole 5 minutes skimming through a wikipedia article.

          • Merc1

            Troll Alert.

            M

          • Pretty sure he is just doing Sarcasm.

          • BlackPegasus

            Yep, he nailed it 😆

        • Dr Strangefingger

          Merc1 is right, they really were POS rides.

          • Glenn D. Miller

            Go right ahead- convince more people of your ignorance and how bad these cars were (I smell jealousy). Market value then drops meaning I can afford more of them & help supply those of us that need good transportation- not something to worship!

        • Glenn D. Miller

          Sure, how is 193,000 mi. Of abuse on a 2000 Intrigue- overheated different times, run low on oil and coolant & way overdue oil changes etc. Never opened the motor, held up as good as any Honda or Toyota or you name it!

          • Merc1

            Held up doesn’t mean it wasn’t a POS to drive, sit in and be around. You GM guys just don’t know what a quality car is. You think that because it “held up” and was probably still a POS that it was a good car? Sad.

            M

          • Enter Ranting

            I don’t see a lot of BMWs or Mercedes from 2000 on the road. And no older Audis.

          • Glenn D. Miller

            Obviously you never drove an Intrigue with a 3.5 motor. Good mechanics are happy when things stay in one piece for many miles even under extreme abuse. In the real world reliability ranks high on the list for a good vehicle.
            What are you smoking?

      • TheBelltower

        The Rolls Royce of GM back in what day? The 1930s?

    • brn

      Far from a POS. The Intrigue was way ahead of the competition. Great balance between handling and ride. The Intrigue should be considered a benchmark for it’s day.

      • Merc1

        Must be why it and the whole division was flushed down the drain.

        It was a junk car at best. The only car Olds had worthy of anything was the Aurora. The Intrigue was nothing more than a rebadged Chevy/Buick as all other GM cars of that era.

        There hasn’t been a GM 4-door car “way ahead” of the competition in over 40 years.

        M

        • brn

          You might be thinking of the Alero. When compared to the Intrigue, it was a bit of a disappointment.

        • Glenn D. Miller

          Was NOT a rebadged car- it did not share the same components such as engine- the 3.5 DOHC was Olds only same with the struts and many other parts

      • Glenn D. Miller

        AMEN, Now we got a guy that knows what he’s talking about, obviously experienced the joy of owning these cars.

    • Glenn D. Miller

      Obviously you have no experience with the last of the Oldsmobiles

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    I hate to say that I really like this. It’s super clean

    • Dr Strangefingger

      WTF does that even mean ?? Super clean?? You sound like a complete tard!

      See there, now we all know the real reason you ‘hate to say it’.

      • Dude, calm down, the car does look very brand new, I believe that’s what he meant.

        Like I know some people don’t like Oldsmobile but you shouldn’t bash anyone who likes them.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        You sound really fun at parties and in life in general.

        If it bothers you that much it means nice, unblemished, sleak, and very appealing to the eye.

        You should try anger management.

        • Glenn D. Miller

          Learn how to spell

  • Bo Hanan

    Oh lawd no!

  • TheBelltower

    I used to rent these things all the time. I preferred them because I liked the exterior. But I remember thinking that whoever at GM signed-off on this interior, should be flogged. This one looks especially good on the outside. But the interior is even trashier than I remembered.

  • Yep correct, I believe you had to sign a paper that said you can’t register it on the road either… unless GM went bankrupt of course and the agreement become invalid.

  • Definitely not for your average enthusiast, this car came with no title bar bill of sale only. Which means you can’t register it on the road and that sort of limits on what you can do with it.

    That said, it is and intriguing car for any serious Oldsmobile / Custom car collector.

    • Glenn D. Miller

      That’s for the guys with dealer tags and transferable registration obviously

  • Six_Tymes

    Maybe that’s what I saw previously and thought this was that, Obviously they are not the same car, as this is a 4dr. The 2dr at barret looks even better, love it as a coupe.

  • Stephen G

    That’s the Alero

  • I’m more concern on how other people label someone as a troll easily, or the fact that said person has a credibility here.

    Meanwhile we got a very known troll that is getting really annoying every single day.

  • Merc1

    Great and they still drove like and were built like crap. Do you just not understand what a rebadge is? There was nothing unique about them anymore by the 80’s. They were just rebodied or rebadged cars from other GM divisions. All of them except the Aurora which I actually liked. I attended a launch even for the 1995 Aurora. They had an Acura Legends, MB S320 and a Lexus LS400 there. The Olds reps were so embarrassed when people got out of these cars and then drove the Olds. The Old was utter junk. The body flexed over bumps, the seats were crap, the engine was loud and rough. Compared to the LS400 and S320 is was pure JUNK. The Acura Legend was a better car also inside and out.

    Olds were junk why is why it and the rest of GM failed and had to be bailed out. Olds was obviously important to NO ONE otherwise they’d still be around. Domestic car lovers don’t seem to grasp or know what quality is. You all seem to think that just because it started and ran everyday that made it a good car. You all just don’t get it.

    M

    • Glenn D. Miller

      Depends what you need a car for transportation or just worship it?

    • Glenn D. Miller

      How many miles did you put on an Intrigue and how many of them did you work on?? They were way better than an Aurora in many respects especially as far as reliability.

    • Glenn D. Miller

      Just because the 95 Aurora showed up like that doesn’t mean the Intrigue was that way. Shows how little experience you have with any of the later Olds

  • Enter Ranting

    The exterior is a handsome design that has held up well. It has better gauges than what Cadillac currently offers in the ATS, which is tragic.

  • Liam Paul

    If I had 19k to spare, Yes I would buy it. Like it or not, It is part of american automobile History, it may not be worth much today but far down the road it will be.

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