Black Air, the documentary on the Buick Grand National, is set for release on December 11 of this year. On August 4, however, the first 20 minutes of the film will be screened at the at the national meet of the Buick Performance Group in Hebron, Ohio.

The film, by Andrew Fillipone, Jr., looks at a car that is as much of an anomaly now as it was during the years it was built, from 1984 to 1987. The Regal Grand National, a boxy black coupe that still sported Buick portholes emitting the superheated air from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6, had little to say to its brethren like the Buick Century, Skylark and Park Avenue. And any speaking it did do was usually centered around tire smoke and bystanders gasping, "Golly..."

You can watch the trailer below. And if you're near the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio on August 4, you know whose party to crash.

BLACK AIR - "Misfit" Teaser from Andrew Filippone Jr. on Vimeo.



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      BC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mid '80s Regals, including the Grand National, didn't have ventiports ("portholes"). The limited run of GNXs had cooling vents in the fenders which did resemble ventiports; the regular GN had a "Grand National" badge with a turbo "6" emblem in that spot.
        Drakkon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BC
        Actually, the GNX did not have 'portals' it had the stainless steel vents on every 1980's ski-boat that are meant to vent the engine compartment of gas fumes prior to start up. It's one of my beefs with Buick. To take something so epic (the GNX) and head to the nearest Mercruiser parts counter for the vents. Could have done better.
        keet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BC
        good call, you beat me to it.
      Jerry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the video end with it drag racing the current Regal GS?
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the greatest Buicks ever. A friend of mine sold his '87 for $8000. He sold it the very night the ad was printed. The buyer didn't even negotiate, and showed up with a rollback. The car needed a lot of maintenance, but it was in good condition. It was several months later that I found out he had sold it. I had no idea he was even thinking of selling it. Talk about a missed opportunity. :(
      honest facts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Type your comment here Went to World of Wheels car show in the early nineties and went into the GM Performance area. All they had were Chevy v8s (blaa..blaa,blaa) No stage blocks aluminum or iron. No heads intakes nothing. Good job G.M. Nothing for any v6 let alone the BUICK v6. Loved my 87 G.N. Big time missed opportunity by G.M.
      Vlad Popescu
      • 3 Years Ago
      terrible video. let's hope the final cut will at least entertain and not bore half of us with recycled automotive platitudes.
      heltersceltic
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Buick Regal T-Type could be had in any color and looked like Grandma's Sunday morning driver...total sleeper. The Grand National was just a black T-Type with black trim. The GNX however, is a different story. There was a rumor that the FBI bought 2 dozen (or so) GNXs in various colors with no badges for, um, pursuit puposes. Wonder what became of them.
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @heltersceltic
        I've seen a LE poster that featured a GN interceptor in the background. The cars you speak of were black, but had white numbers in the back bumper.
      the.nope
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Buick Horse Power Nationals is friday and saturday but i dont know if they will be there or not on friday. And damn im going to Mid-ohio that day for the ALMS and sunday for Indy.
      chevang14
      • 3 Years Ago
      AS A TEEN I LOVED THESE CARS NOW IM A BLESSED TO HAVE AN 86 GN AN AN 86 WH1 SITTING IN MY GARAGE THIS IS THE GOOD LIFE MY SON IS ABOUT TO BE 14 MONTHS AN WHEN HE 18 HE WILL OWN ONE OF GMS BEST CARS EVER BUILT
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's one that's been sitting for a few years at these coordinates, just copy and paste these into Google earth or maps. 39.463135 -95.677616
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm willing to bet it's even harder to find a 1989 (I think) Pontiac T/A with the same drivetrain. Same acceleration but higher top speed. Anyone remember those?
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