1972 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
The C3 version of the Chevrolet Corvette was manufactured from 1968 to 1982.
There were no major changes for 1972, but a few minor details set them apart. The easiest to identify is the amber-lensed front signal lights.
1972 Corvettes used the same egg-crate grill and side louvers that were used the previous two years. Front and rear chromed steel bumpers remained the same, though this would be the final year for the front chrome bumper.
In the interior, the engine specs console plate no longer showed the horsepower rating. The fiber optic light monitors were also removed from the console.
1972 was the first year for SAE net horsepower ratings, as opposed to the gross horsepower ratings which were used previously. Net horsepower ratings were lower because the engines were rated with all the necessary items such as the alternator, water pump and mufflers attached.
The 1971 LT1 350 engine was rated at 330 hp (or 275 hp net) and 360 ft-lbs of torque, while the 1972 LT1 was rated at 255 hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque. The LS5 454 engine, previously rated 365 hp (285 hp net) and 465 ft-lbs of torque at was now rated at 270 hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque. The base 350 engine, rated at 270 horsepower (210 hp net) in 1971, was now rated at 200 hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque.
1972 Corvette Key Differences
The front signal lights on 1972 Corvettes have an amber lens instead of a clear lens like the 1970-71 Vettes.
1970-72 Corvettes are share most styling features including the same egg-crate style fender louvers and front grill, the same rectangular front signal lights, and the same chrome front and rear bumpers.
How to Identify a 1972 Corvette
1972 Corvette Grill
1972 Corvette Front Signal Light
1972 Corvette Side Louvers
1972 Corvette Front Bumper
1972 Corvette Rear Bumpers
1972 Corvette Door Handle
1972 Corvette Roof Panel
1972 Corvette Rear Window
1972 Corvette Front Flags Emblem
1972 Corvette Tail lights
1972 Corvette Interior
1972 Corvette Dash
1972 Corvette Dash Plaque
1972 Corvette Standard Hood
1972 Corvette 454 Hood
1972 Corvette 454 Hood Emblem
1972 Corvette 454 Big Block Engine
1972 Corvette Fuel Filler Door
1972 Corvette Exhaust Tip
1972 Corvette Rear Name Plate
1972 Corvette Wheel
1972 Corvette Windshield Wiper Door
1972 Corvette Luggage Rack
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