The Firebird Comanche is a special edition of Firebird only available in Canada in 1968 and 1969. More than a real limited edition, it is actually a change made, according to some sources, by Grant Hamilton Pontiac/Buick, but also sold in Toronto City Pontiac/Buick and finally Surgenor Motors Limited in Ottawa Ontario). They sold it as a "special package option."
These dealers order a Firebird coupe or convertible with leather interior color Gold, the only color available for finishing leather. Then they were painting the same color as the seats, so Gold, with a specific color called Exclusive Colour which was their own mix, close to the color that is available at the time but taking over the brown.
In addition to the paint, the hood vents and wings were chrome and "Comanche" logo added to the hood and trunk. The options were numerous.
Here are the options of this model:
- Vinyl roof with special emblems
- Marchal fog lamps
- High speed driving lights with quartz bulbs
- Special chrome hood louvers
- Turbo Hydramatic or 4-speed close ration (either included a console)
- Variable ration power steering
- Front power disc brakes
- Remote trunk release
- Door guards
- Mirror group (vanity mirror and remote control mirror) Custom seat belts
- Rally mag wheels
- Special sport tilt steering wheel
- Bucket seats (with the full leather interior)
- Rally Gauges with clock or tach
- Floor mats (front and rear)
- Koni adjustable shocks
- Special tire pump
- Heavy duty air cleaner
- Heavy duty radiator
- Pirelli tires with special suspension
- Power top (convertibles only)
- Rear defogger
Only 13 were converted to Firebird Comanche for 1968 and about thirty in 1969. A rumor says that Paul Newman would have bought one...