1964: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sells Corvairs

Next week, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the spy show with just a teeny bit of Ian Fleming influence, celebrates its 45th anniversary. To whet your appetite, here’s a special commercial.

It runs five minutes or so and features the casts of shows sponsored by Chevrolet — Bonanza, Bewitched and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In this case, Robert Vaughn drew the short straw. He’s telling viewers about the Corvair, the model that would become known as “unsafe at any speed” courtesy of consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Not exactly like getting to drive an Aston Martin DB5.

As we understand it, this spot ran on all three shows early in the 1964-65 season. Take a look for yourself. In particular, note the rather, eh, interesting interaction between Agnes Moorehead and Dan Blocker. (No spy connection but it does look like she’s ready to rip his clothes off.)

One Response

  1. Ironically enough though, the UNCLE car would end up being powered by a corvair engine.

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