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Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Andrew Filippone Jr.

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It was a strange and curious misfit. Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name. There was something inside the car trying to get out. Its straight-line acceleration was extraordinary. Nothing in the mid-1980s could match it. Not Corvette. Not Lamborghini. Not Ferrari. But, in spite of this talent, the car was little more than a curiosity, a sidebar in debates about the performance elite of the day. Its roots as a Buick Regal, a conventional, mass-produced personal luxury car, marked it as an outsider, something too ordinary for serious discussion. Its shortcomings were obvious and plentiful – a boxy design, a mediocre chassis, an undersized engine, an electronically limited top speed, and an unremarkable pedigree. But with just six cylinders, an intercooled turbo, and fierce black paint, the Grand National became a legend. In its final year of production, outfitted in GNX trim, it was the quickest production car in America, reaching 60mph in only 4.7 seconds. Impossible? Ridiculous? After road testing the Grand National for Car and Driver, Technical Editor Csaba Csere remembers thinking, “there’s no way this can go that fast.” But it did, test after test, and on streets across the country. The only Grand Prix it could qualify for was the “stop light” kind, but that was enough to prove its worth. But, how to reconcile these opposites? This car that straddled worlds, where did it come from? Where did it fit? And now, two decades after its passing, what is its legacy? In BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary, these questions – and more – are answered by the people who built the car, who wrote about the car, and who own the car. Featured voices include Lloyd Reuss, the Buick General Manager who launched the Grand National project; Tony Assenza, the Car and Driver Editor who dubbed the GNX an “ax-wielding barbarian;” Richard Clark, the renowned owner, enthusiast, and collector; and many, many others. On December 11, 1987, Buick built the last Grand National. 25 years later, BLACK AIR arrives to commemorate this landmark car.

Customer Reviews

Must see for car lovers

This film takes you back to the 80's not in that big hair, quirky music, and bright clothing kinda way. No, this lets you into a peak of what auto performance world was at and in the midst of a changing GM. A certain black car was introduced that got car enthusiast talking. There was a new beast on the street to gaze into it's tail lights as you where being past. See how The Grand National caught its passion and take a peak at the changing landscape in Michigan as this black diamond symbolized the change in General Motors.

Last of the best .

Great documentary a must see especially if you own one .i do and love seeing how there is a cult following for this car that was only made for four years . Surprisingly fast sleeper car and it is just a 6 cylinder . Wow !!!! What else can I say .

A Terrific Story About An Underdog Hero.

The Grand National was born a misfit. A remarkably unsleek, unstylish, unpretentious V6 Buick who managed to outperform, outrace, and surpass any muscle or luxury sports car in its time. This V6 beast manages to rival and beat the V8 and V12 pedigrees like the Porsches and Lamborghinis of its time. The filmmaker Andrew Fillippone weaves a fascinating tale of American blue collar ingenuity defying expectations and pedigree. He captures the enduring spirit of the people who owns these cars, even after 25 years since the car model's demise.

This documentary is well worth your time.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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