Junkyard Find: 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS, Phoenix Open Edition
The Oldsmobile Division had just six years to live when the Intrigue appeared in the 1998 model year, and this car was Oldsmobile’s final version of the long-lived GM W platform. I see thousands of W-bodies every year, during my junkyard travels, but it takes a special one to make me reach for my camera. Say, a supercharged Daytona 500 Edition Grand Prix, or a Lumina Euro, or a genuine Phoenix Open-badged Intrigue.
Here’s an example of the latter car that I found languishing in a Phoenix wrecking yard, just 30 miles from the Phoenix Open’s high-zoot venue.
I couldn’t find much information about the Phoenix Open Intrigues, other than that Oldsmobile was the sponsor of the tournament in 2000. My guess is that GM provided a brace of Olds vehicles for officials and VIPs to drive during the event. These badges look classy.
The car also has these little decals atop the pinstripes.
The standard engine in the 2000 Intrigue was the “Shortstar” DOHC V6, loosely based on the Northstar V8. It was good for 215 horsepower, which made the 3,455-pound Intrigue move acceptably well.
This car is a top-trim-level GLS model, which came with leather seats and other luxuries demanded by pro golfers in the year 2000.
I couldn’t get a mileage figure from the digital odometer, but the front seats are sufficiently beat to suggest that this car went around the block more than a few times.
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