Here's a copy of the Comanche's original print advertisement from Track and Traffic (March
Impressions Of The Firebird Comanche
By Jacques Duval
Originally published in Track and Traffic, March 1969
Getting onto the road with the Comanche was a very pleasing experience to say the least, and it was here that the car's true G.T. qualities were brought to the fore.
Contrary to many hairy, rough-running and finicky engines, the Comanche's [engine] was quiet and idled smoothly. Its flexibility and power were outstanding; standing starts could be made quite smoothly in Third gear without difficulty, although naturally this practice is not recommended. From a standing start, we reached 60 mph in 7 seconds and in 12 seconds more we were at 100 mph, with 30 mph more to go to reach top speed. Even at 130 mph, our test car tracked arrow-straight and felt very stable. With engine rpm at 5,500, the noise level at this speed was quite low.
At cruising speeds, the firmer suspension, combined with the radial-ply tires, made themselves felt, and a certain amount of harshness was transmitted to the driver and passenger, especially from the rear wheels. Its cornering manners were really impeccable and one can think of very few cars indeed that can compare. In tighter corners, a very slight understeer became neutral as speed went upward. When thrown into a corner, at what seemed like an unreasonable speed, the Comanche took it all in its stride-no protest, no loss of control, and a pure pleasure to the sporting driver. Driving it in the rain was a real joy too, and we even had the [Pirelli] Cinturatos screeching in the wet.
Clutch pedal pressure, as well as steering effort, were both very low; low enough, in fact, to make it pleasurable for the woman driver; and this is something that can't be said for the average car of this type. The same can be said for the smooth-shifting transmission, although we did encounter a little difficulty getting into reverse at times. Steering action was excellent and as quick (21/2 turns lock-to-lock) as one could wish for to make this G.T. a pleasure to drive.
The brakes did their work very well and produced a little fade only when used very hard from top speed. Brake and throttle pedals were placed so that a heel-and-toe technique for downshifting was possible, although the pedals could be set up a little better in relation to each other.
In summing up we can say that the Firebird Comanche gave us a great deal of pleasure to drive, and we feel that it could make converts of a lot of sporting enthusiasts who might not otherwise buy an American car. Grant Hamilton has created a G.T. car in the true sense, and for this he deserves our respect and admiration.