Before GM made at high-performance statement with the Cadillac CTS-V, they did it with the Buick Regal Grand National of the 1980’s. And if you pay enough attention to a random assortment of automotive forums and Facebook threads, you will quickly take notice on how many people have been calling for a reincarnation of the turbocharged 3.8-liter cast-iron V6 sleeper that looked completely ordinary, if not slightly sinister thanks to its black paint. Indeed, the car was completely uncharacteristic from what was known from the Buick brand in the 1980’s. Heck, even Pontiac Trans Ams and Chevrolet Corvettes were better off leaving the Grand National alone. The car was that special, very much like today’s CTS-V.
It’s finally come to the point where a documentary of the storied vehicle had to be made, which you can see the trailer for yourself just below. Titled “Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary” and directed by Andrew Filippone Jr, the documentary features veteran automotive writers and elder GM employees involved in the Grand Nationals development. Look for it in 2012. You can also follow it on Facebook and Twitter.