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Buick VentiPort

6. VentiPorts

Let us please have a moment of silence for the poor, ridiculed VentiPort. VentiPorts appeared in the 1940s and 1950s on the sides of Buicks -- in theory, as a way to draw air from the grill, over the engine, and out of the engine compartment. Before long, engineers realized that the ports weren't very effective at accomplishing that task and plugged the holes, but the VentiPort elements remained. Though they've since been discontinued, every two-dollar tuner from here to Timbuktu loves the VentiPort, as proven by the vast number of stick-on versions found at auto supply stores and on the sides of family vans.

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