VIDEO: BLACK AIR - The Buick Grand National Documentary is coming - WATCH

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Oct 2, 2011, 3:17:13 PM10/2/11
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The Buick Grand National is a bona fide classic. Out of the
emissions-strangled Seventies arose an engine that turned the plain
G-body Buick into a fire-breather capable of running with exotics of
its era. Pony cars were accustomed to viewing it from behind.
Slathered in monochromatic black paint, the Grand National is one of
few true legends to emerge from the beleaguered domestic auto industry
during the 1980s. That's why Andrew Filippone Jr's "Black
Air" documentary will be thrilling to anyone whose heart beats in
some kind of firing order.

In many ways, the Grand National is the last gasp of the muscle car
era that started nearly a generation before it. Built on the last
rear-wheel drive General Motors intermediate platform, the A/G body,
the chassis details of the Grand National weren't vastly different
than those underpinning Skylarks 10-15 years prior.

The Grand National's engine, however, was a different story. Fuel
injected, turbocharged and snorting out horsepower and torque numbers
that shamed Corvettes, the Grand National's 3.8-liter cast-iron fist
hit the jaw of car enthusiast lore hard enough to establish itself as
a force to be reckoned with. And that was before it was ushered off
the showroom floor with one last gasp of ultimate awe, the GNX.

Filippone has taken the time to interview auto-journalism luminaries
and insiders involved with the Grand National's development to weave
the enthralling story through firsthand accounts. People we've read,
like Csaba Csere and Don Sherman feature in the story, as do Bill
Porter, Tony Assenza and Martyn Schorr. Their well-rounded narrative
further cements the the sinister black Buick's historical importance.

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