While Blue Oval loyalists are unimpressed and others ho-hum at another passing Chevy Camaro, the profound impact that the Camaro nameplate has had on automotive performance over the past 51 years is undeniable.

Before the Camaro became one of, if not, the most popular performance car ever, it was just an idea. And the vintage film “Camaro, The Car of Today” provides the inside story of how the Camaro was designed and engineered. The 50-year-old film isn’t as technically sound as modern-day video, but it’s also not a bunch of historians reminescing and resorting to long-ago memories to recall these stories. This is the very first promo video ever made for the Chevy Camaro when it was but a twinkle in the eye of sports car enthusiasts five decades ago.

The video is about 20 minutes. Jam Handy produced it for Chevrolet, and Milton Caniff plays the host.

Let’s call it a time-travel experience, without all the fuss of having to find enough road to get up to 88 mph or concerns about the space-time continuum.

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