Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just... Watch.

Saw this on Facebook last night. Had to watch the whole thing.



The Buick Grand National is my third-favorite car ever, following the 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz and the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. The Grand National was unlike anything the 1980s had seen. Since the gas crisis of the 1970s, and increasing emission controls, cars had gotten slower and slower and by the early 1980s were a mere shell of what they had been in the 1960s and early '70s. Gone were the big block V8s, the 440 CI plants putting out over 400 horsepower; in their place were anemic six cylinders and dramatically de-tuned small 8s. The 2.8L V6 that got put in small trucks. The 4.1L V8 that went into the 80 foot long Cadillac de Ville. It was generally a bad time for American cars, all around.

And then the Grand National. It looked nothing like a Buick; it looked far more like one of the Chevy pace cars put together for show. Except for that 3.8 liter turbocharged V6. At the time, it was one of the very fastest cars in the world - a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.9 seconds, which at the time was phenomenal. The Lamborghini Countach and Ferarri Testarossa were slower. SLOWER. A Buick - the brand of car your grandmother drove (mine had four Buicks in the 30 years I knew her) - beat the living daylights out of the best Italy had to offer from a dead stop. That's amazing.

Yeah, there's a good reason to love the GN...

That is all.

7 comments:

Angus McThag said...

If they sounded like a muscle car all would be well.

That silent whoosh at the traps is WRONG.

Even if it is a nine second run.

The 85 mph speedo is also an affront to Gods and men.

Norm said...

NBC had an excellent two-season cop series on in 2007-2009, Life starring Damian Lewis (playing Detective Charlie Crews)and Sarah Shahi(it was designed to be a two season show, and it's available on Amazon Prime streaming video, and I think, Netflix streaming).

One of the stars was also Crews' Buick Grand National.

Stretch said...

Buick GNX; "It's what Darth Radar drives on the weekend."

Old NFO said...

WANT!!! :-)

Drake said...

I've driven several GM products with the non-turbo version of that 3.8 V6 motor. Total beast for the time. Hard to imagine what they would do with a turbo.

TommyG said...

A friend bought one in 1984 as an investment. He still has it and it had less than 30 thousand miles when I last saw it a year or so ago. I wonder if he has made any money yet? His car has a T-top and has been in many homecoming parades with a Homecoming Queen Candidate sitting on the roof.

Ed said...

http://www.turbobuicks.com/forums/buick-racers-toronto-surrounding-areas/104287-fbi-buick-grand-national-fact-urban-legend.html