Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary

If you’re a true Atlanta Buick enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the upcoming documentary on one of America’s bona fide classics. The Buick Grand National. The Buick Grand National was one of the last cars produced in what we know as the Muscle Car Era. Painted in all black, the intimidating Buick Grand National was one of the few true legends to emerge from the troubled 80’s auto industry. This, among other reasons is why Andrew Filippone Jr. decided to film the documentary, “Black Air”,  telling the story from the prospective of the car’s designers, enthusiasts and the automotive journalists who first reviewed the car.

I know that all Atlanta car enthusiasts know this, but for those who don’t, muscle cars are generally defined as two-door, rear-wheel drive, family-style mid-sized cars that had power V8 engines under the hood. Here’s a snip from a great article on AutoBlog described the Grand National.

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.

Have any of you ever owned a Grand National? Are you old enough to remember seeing them tooling around Atlanta, or here in Newnan? I can certainly remember these “Black Beauties”. Check out the teaser trailer below of the upcoming documentary, and let me know what you think.


Black Air – “Misfit” Teaser from Andrew Filippone Jr. on Vimeo.

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