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.