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Category Archive: BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, HISTORIC, Videos

Historical Footage: Car and Track’s Test Of The 1973 Buick Century Gran Sport Stage 1 455

By 1973 it seemed that only Pontiac was still in the business of making a stout big-block-powered car with the Super Duty Trans Am. And before you start, yes, I know that the Pontiac mills...

The Entire Story Of The Very First Chevrolet Camaro – From Pilot Test Program, To Dragstrip Terror, To Restored, This Video Shows It All

There’s always “the first”, no matter what happens. In the case of a typical new model of automobile, the first is a beta, a test of sorts. You have to build one to set up how the...

Classic YouTube: Playing For A Bricklin SV-1 On “Let’s Make A Deal” – Listen To The Crowd’s Reactions!

“Let’s Make A Deal” was a strange game show for someone who wasn’t alive when it was taped. Effectively, near as I can make sense, the premise was to dress up in the most...

How Far We’ve Come: The Cadillac Cimarron, The Car That Was Such A Bad Idea That Even GM Admits It

If you happened to be watching the Oscars last night, you may have seen the first glimpses of the Cadillac CT6, the upcoming flagship Caddy that has been a controversial and well-discussed part of...

Historical Race Footage: The 1988 SCCA Trans Am Race At Long Beach, California

Even with all of the hype, media coverage, random acts of absolute insanity and the wrecks, it’s becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find enthusiasm for NASCAR. The last time I got...

Historical Footage: This 1973 Pontiac Firebird Promotional Film Covers All Of The Usual Bases, Plus Has Herb Adams And Transmission Torture!

As most of Detroit was starting to gasp and choke from the emissions regulations taking hold in 1973, Pontiac was still marching to the drumbeat of actual power and performance. While the GTO was...

1962’s Duel In The Desert May Be The Best Old Chevy Propaganda Film Yet

What’s better than old manufacturer promotion films? These movies are hilarious as they were designed for use by the sales managers at dealerships to get their sales staffs all whipped up into...

This 1960s Ad For The Remco Mr Kelly’s Automatic Car Wash Is A Look Back At A Cool Toy

Not to sound like an old man here, but toys like this were the things I LIVED for as a kid. Yes, I was about 20 years behind this one but even into the 1980s there was plenty of neat “hands...

This Cool Promotional Video For the Mizar Air Car Otherwise Known As The Flying Pinto Is 1970s Cool – See It Take Off And Land

There isn’t a whole lot of good video showing the infamous Mizar Air Car in flight. The Mizar Air Car is probably better known as the “Flying Pinto” because the R&D unit was a...

Historical Footage: Torture-Testing A Plymouth The Old-Fashioned Way, By Using Stunt Drivers!

Nowadays, vehicles are subjected to torture tests in laboratories that can duplicate some of the most violent conditions that an automobile can possibly expect to endure. They are frozen, cooked,...

1940s Video Of Burbank, California As Shot From A Train Has Cool Cars, Buildings, And Feel

A hearty thanks to BangShift contributor Benoit Pigeon for finding and sharing this video with me that is comprised of some fantastic footage from Burbank, California in the 1940s. Shot from a moving...

Historical Footage: A Teenager Learns How To Get His Act Together In “The Cool Hot Rod” From 1953

Long before the the big money, show fields, and the majority of the drag strips, the traditional hot rod was seen in a much darker light. Considered a menace to society, it was the folly of...

Historical Training Footage: This 1967 FBI Training Film Was A Lesson On Investigating Stolen Cars

As long as there has been a car, there’s been a thief who is more than ready to acquisition an automobile for themselves. The first car theft is attributed to Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot in...

Historical Footage: The GM G-Body Performance Reviews From MotorWeek!

As I’ve pawed through the MotorWeek clips on YouTube, I came across one that couldn’t be passed up. Unlike last time, where the IROC-Z vs. Trans Am vs. Mustang GT clip was about bad...