General Motors internal political presentation "Story of Progress", from 1980.

Features GM's president E.M. "Pete" Estes, F.W. Bowditch, and J. E. Colan urging GM employees to call their representatives and tell them the government needs to get out of the regulating business. Government interference requiring fuel economy improvements, emissions controls, and safety / passive restraints is just too expensive! GM will do just fine on their own.

Check out the little snippets of GM's Wankel rotary engine (13:27), the electric Chevette and Vandura (14:00), first generation catalytic converters (15:50), and the first automotive airbag restraints (called ACRS - air cushion restraint system, 18:18 )

This disk had major glitches around 18:06. I had to physically shake my player while holding the play button to get it to work at all. Here's what the glitches look like if the player is untouched: automobilrevue.net/v/QmdGOUJhbFRIU1k

Comments

    • Joseph Matto
      Joseph Matto

      His mustache is crooked!

      about 28 days ago
    • 61gisele
      61gisele

      His barber should have been shot!

      about 1 month ago
    • Michael K
      Michael K

      18:44 LOL!

      about 6 months ago
    • Matthew Kleczewski
      Matthew Kleczewski

      How drunk was he when he filmed this?

      about 8 months ago
    • SuperWatson63
      SuperWatson63

      18:44 lol

      about 9 months ago
    • Robert story
      Robert story

      I can’t get past the feeling that I’m getting a sales pitch from President nixon

      about 9 months ago
    • displayfireworks1
      displayfireworks1

      3:31 Look everyone its Walt Disney. LOL

      about 1 year ago
    • Peter Hogan
      Peter Hogan

      His mustache is not stright.

      about 1 year ago
    • wx4newengland
      wx4newengland

      Yeah who would want safety....

      about 1 year ago
    • motorhead
      motorhead

      German cars are the worst over priced over rated junk...my chevy tow truck brings them into our shop all day ...eurotrash! Only old Volvos were good.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jon Minnella
      Jon Minnella

      funny thing is i took al the pollution control off my 1978 El Camino and it got.better mileage and appeared to have little more power

      about 1 year ago
    • Joey Trimble
      Joey Trimble

      Why is he holding his stomach like his tony Montana while he talks

      about 2 years ago
    • Matthew Kleczewski
      Matthew Kleczewski In reply to Joey Trimble

      Because he's obviously had a little too much scotch before filming. Or shaving. Or both.

      about 4 months ago
    • John Azhderian
      John Azhderian

      If GM learn how to build cars especially diesels they would still have 50% market share instead of having a miserable 17%!

      about 2 years ago
    • Joe Wussler
      Joe Wussler

      That Mustache!!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Matthew Kleczewski
      Matthew Kleczewski In reply to Joe Wussler

      Walt Disney Classic™

      about 5 months ago
    • t4705mb6
      t4705mb6

      The people FORCED safety, fuel economy and pollution control on USA automakers.
      They resisted with the tenaciousness of a pit bull with a Virginia ham!
      Example?
      In the 1950s automakers said front lap seat belts would be too expensive to install and would crush the car market.

      about 2 years ago
    • fortune300
      fortune300 In reply to t4705mb6

      They were certainly not proactive!

      about 2 years ago
    • Gryazev-Shipunov
      Gryazev-Shipunov

      Safety can never be compromised. That's why I buy Mercedes

      about 2 years ago
    • sim61642
      sim61642

      10000A.D : ape finds dusty old VHS tape under some rubble,the word GM is inscribed on the front.

      about 2 years ago
    • sim61642
      sim61642

      30 years later....... Extra Extra read all about it! , GM files for bankruptcy protection!

      about 2 years ago
    • sim61642
      sim61642

      ok if they care about economy so much how come the oldsmobile carbureted v8 srvived til the 90s?

      about 2 years ago
    • Cameron Sours
      Cameron Sours

      This is the take we're going with? Want to try one with less scotch?

      about 2 years ago
    • Matthew Kleczewski
      Matthew Kleczewski In reply to Cameron Sours

      Well whomever trimmed his mustache was definitely drunk. Or high. Actually he was probably the same guy who designed the brakes on the Citation.

      about 5 months ago
    • herrgolf
      herrgolf

      Wow, they didn't even TRY to hide their feelings.

      about 3 years ago
    • Bucky Rodgerdodger
      Bucky Rodgerdodger

      This video cost Jimmy Carter his reelection. Reagan For 80!!!

      about 3 years ago
    • sim61642
      sim61642 In reply to Bucky Rodgerdodger

      dstarks80 Remember reagans camio in anaminiacs?

      about 2 years ago
    • sosharpdevy99
      sosharpdevy99

      Just a bunch of bitching by rich GM assholes.

      about 3 years ago
    • Will Poundstone
      Will Poundstone

      The funny thing is that many of those regulations are the product of GM's refusal to install an anti roll bar on the Corvair.

      about 3 years ago
    • Will Poundstone
      Will Poundstone

      $145 in 1980 is $418 today, sounds like a small price for cars that are safer and better for the environment.

      about 3 years ago
    • Mac Neoh
      Mac Neoh In reply to Will Poundstone

      Retarded thinking like that is the reason why a new truck is 60K.

      about 1 month ago
    • Scott Smith
      Scott Smith In reply to Will Poundstone

      1980 Buick Regal GS 6,500,, 2016 Bick Regal GS 38,000, 633%

      about 2 years ago
    • compu85
      compu85 In reply to Will Poundstone

      The CPI inflation calculator is easy to use: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

      about 2 years ago
    • Scott Smith
      Scott Smith In reply to Will Poundstone

      Are you on drugs? the $145 in 1980, is worth 14,500 today...based off the inflation rates of automobiles, government rates, health care, and education.

      about 2 years ago
    • corinth1121
      corinth1121

      Well I bet old "Pete" Estes was a died in the wool, Republican, lucky for him Reagan was on the horizon with lots of deregulation plans!
      Video looks like it was made a long time ago, maybe on another planet...
      my favorite video today! yay!

      about 3 years ago
    • Victoria Louden
      Victoria Louden In reply to corinth1121

      corinth1121 Reagan made American cars competitive in the world market and here in the u.s. Carter signed those idiot regulations and Reagan did away with them.

      about 1 month ago
    • sim61642
      sim61642 In reply to corinth1121

      Will Poundstone what makes a president better than another? ,arnt they just following rules?

      about 2 years ago
    • Will Poundstone
      Will Poundstone In reply to corinth1121

      +corinth1121 Actually, with exception of 5 mph bumpers, Reagan didn't roll back any Automotive regulations, he tried to get rid of the airbag requirement but a federal judge slapped him down.

      about 3 years ago
    • kirbykrazy
      kirbykrazy

      I can't get past that mustache!

      about 3 years ago
    • Matthew Kleczewski
      Matthew Kleczewski In reply to kirbykrazy

      Wow.

      about 4 months ago
    • John Azhderian
      John Azhderian In reply to kirbykrazy

      It's kind of uneven!

      about 2 years ago
    • Richard Craven
      Richard Craven In reply to kirbykrazy

      I couldn't either. it's so obvious

      about 2 years ago
    • VWestlife
      VWestlife

      So much complaining and making excuses, from the nadir of GM's career. And of course GM had no problem with government regulations which targeted imports, such as the 25% import tariff on foreign-made trucks. But the second guy did accurately predict the fracking boom, and GM's own EV-1.

      about 3 years ago
    • compu85
      compu85 In reply to VWestlife

      +vwestlife Ya I wasn't aware shale oil had been known of for so long.

      about 3 years ago