First Camaro ever built rolls into the valley at Barrett-Jackson

It's a car that helped define an era, the Chevrolet Camaro.

"It's hard to believe it could generate as much excitement as it has, but there's one thing about cars, we get to know them and we get to love them like family," said Herb Leitz.

It's the first ever Camaro, actually sporting the very first VIN, and Leitz was one of the men who helped build it.

Leitz worked as a manager at the plant and oversaw production of the car. 

"These are moments in history that you don't always get to reunite people with the cars they built," said a Barrett-Jackson spokesperson.

And building the muscle cars was a painstaking process back then.

"Some pieces would take many hours to work on," said Leitz.

Now the 89-year-old Scottsdale man was reunited at the Barrett-Jackson show room with the legacy he helped create.

Did he like the shape of the car when he first sat it?

"No," he replied.

"The car's had an amazing history, and I didn't think we had the capability to resurrect it," said Leitz.

The original Camaro was found in storage in 2009 and went through a lengthy restoration.

"It's hard to tell what's different, it's just amazing," he said.

And Barrett-Jackson was happy to set up the reunion.

"It's a very special day, especially having VIN #1 cars, we have a great history of selling VIN #1 cars for charity, but having the guy that built the car here is very cool," said a Barrett-Jackson spokesperson.

"They've proven the test of time, people love the cars, the body style, and they've endured," he said.

You still have a chance to check the car out; it will be on display at the Barrett-Jackson show room through Friday.
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