1972 Ford Mustang
1972 Mustang Mach 1
After a major restyling in 1971, 1972 Mustangs remained largely unchanged. Mustangs were again made in convertible, coupe (notch-back), or sportsroof form.
At the rear, "Mustang" was now written script form and mounted on the right side of the trunk lid.
The fuel filler cap on the Mach 1 was changed from a pop-open design to a screw-on design (though owners often install the pop-open cap). The front bumper on Mach 1s is supposed to be body-colored, though many 1972 Mach 1s now have chrome bumpers.
Engines were now rated in SAE net horsepower instead of the old gross horsepower, so all engines had less reported power.
The Boss 351 and the 429 engines were no longer available, but the 351 HO and the 351 Cobra Jet engines were introduced. The 351 Cleveland HO engine was rated at 275 horsepower, while the 351 Cobra Jet was rated at 266 hp. A 351 2-bbl was also available with 177 hp.
1972 Mustang Key Differences
1971 and 1972 Mustangs shared the same horizontal front signal lights set into the grill. 1972 regular Mustangs had "Mustang" written in script form on the deck lid, while 1971 regular Mustangs had "Mustang" spelled out across the deck lid in separate chrome letters. Mach 1s no longer had the pop-open gas cap, but owners often installed this style cap later.
1971 to 1973 Mustangs had the same body style. 1973 Mustangs had a different grill and front bumper, but 1971 and 1972 Mustangs are harder to differentiate.
How to Identify a 1972 Mustang
1972 Mustang Grill
1972 Mustang Grill Emblem
1972 Mustang Signal Light
1972 Mustang Trunk Emblem
1972 Mustang Mach 1 Trunk Decal
1972 Mustang Fender Badge
1972 Mustang Mach 1 Emblem
1972 Mustang Mach 1 Gas Cap
1972 Mustang Mach 1 Hood
1972 Mustang Side Stripe
1972 Mustang Tail light
1972 Mustang Chin Spoiler
1972 Mustang Rear Spoiler
1972 Mustang Rear Window Louvers
1972 Mustang Dash
More 1972 Mustang Pictures
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