Rare Rides: An Intriguing Oldsmobile 442 Shows Us Hurst at Its Worst

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides an intriguing oldsmobile 442 shows us hurst at its worst

Last week, we kicked off this Rare Rides series with a shockingly wedge-y Ghia Probe, but that feels a little international, a bit foreign.

Let’s see a familiar brand from the good old USA [s]that’s never pretended to be international[/s]. It wears an Oldsmobile badge and stripes tinted with that familiar shade of Hurst gold.

Behold, the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 442.

I went over to Hemmings again to find this one-off beast.

Undoubtedly, when one reads or hears “Hurst 442,” this rather common W-Body is not what comes to mind. But now it will, and aren’t you happy for the association? You can thank me in the comments!

According to the ad copy, General Motors used this 442 at places like SEMA to show off its custom car prowess. The aggressive, custom body panels are set off by special wheels and dual exhausts.

The most recent vehicle before this Intrigue to actually wear a 442 badge was the Cutlass Calais 442 in 1991. And with a shocking production figure of 1,364 that year, they’ll always be considerably more common than this one-off.

The elegant and understated interior uses two colors of dead cows, and they’re both rare. I can’t recall the last time I saw an Albino or Premium Beige cow.

The engine powering this 442 is probably not something you’d expect unless you often think about General Motors in the late ’90s era. What was the best engine they had available at the time?

The revered and oft-reliable 4.6-liter Northstar V8, of course. According to the seller, this one has been reworked for 442 implementation, but there are no details beyond that. I’m just glad The General didn’t see fit to equip this very special car with the plebeian supercharged 3800 Series II.

The bill of sale is yours for just under $40,000.

[Images: Midwest Car Exchange via Hemmings]

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  • Paragon Paragon on Feb 15, 2017

    You know, I am old enough to remember the original Hurst Olds. Admittedly, this is really nothing like it. However, I actually do kinda like what they were trying to do here. It's a nod to their heritage. So, I'll come out and say I'm diggin' it. Seriously. As I've long been into rare and one-of-one cars. Am very much loving that interior. And take note that I've posted my comment without reading any of the others above. So, I suppose quite a number of people will suggest it shouldn't be a 442 since it has 4 doors instead of the 2 on the original Hurst Olds models. And that is a valid point. Will say I started high school in the fall of 1970, and graduated in 1973. Am pretty sure for one or two of those years, some kid I didn't know was driving a real Hurst Olds. Those things had to be rather pricey in their day, and I was content with a 9 year old car as my first car.

    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Feb 19, 2017

      In addition to the miles on the odo, eagle-eyed readers will also note that the stereo is NOT one of Delco's finest! Methinks this is a fake! Somehow, I would think that GM would have kept this all-original, without a BestBuy special hiding in plain sight! No Hurst Lightning Bolt shifter in there, fercryinoutloud! Surely a NOS leftover from a Cutlass could have been shoehorned into a custom console!

  • Paragon Paragon on Feb 15, 2017

    Oh, and about the Olds Intrigue, I always kinda liked them. About 10 years ago I had a co-worker who owned one and claimed it was a pretty good car. But his wife was the one who usually drove it.

  • FreedMike Well, y'all wanted a brown wagon...
  • Daveo We had it in NJ and don't in Florida. Can't tell you how many cars I'm behind in traffic that have no brake lights. I think it's necessary.
  • Tassos Is there any reason you could not put the ACTUAL 348 mile number in the TITLE of the damned article, so I would not need to read the whole thing to find out?
  • Tassos Honda is bleeding billions in order to keep this loser Acura alive.In the REST of the world, Identical vehicles to Acuras are just called HONDAS. Best example, the NSX! It was NEVER called an "acura" outside the US.
  • Cprescott Very expensive all terrain golf cart.