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Last of the Chrome Bumper Corvettes

1972 Corvette 427 engine in Classic White
Take a good look at the 1972 Corvette, as it would be the last year that chrome bumpers would appear in the front. The 1972 Corvette saw few changes over the 1971 model. Updates included:
  • The fiber optics light monitoring system was dropped. Although ingenious and simple, some thought of it as a gimmick.
  • A horn sounding alarm was part of the base price.
  • Although the LS5 454 cu. in. big block was listed on the options sheet, it was not available to California buyers. This was the start of an unfortunate trend where Golden State residents were shut out of some power train choices due to the state's more stringent smog regulations.
1972 Corvette 454 big block motor
The 454 cu. in. "big block" motor was rated at 270 hp. This may seem like a big reduction over the 1971 rating of 365 hp, but there is an explanation. Standards for measuring horsepower came into effect in 1972 and they better reflected real world conditions. Inclusion of air cleaners, accessories, stock exhaust systems along with measurement standards brought some sanity and consistency to the process.
1972 Corvette
1972 Corvette
1972 Corvette

1972 Corvette Stingray For Sale

1972 White Corvette
Price: $0 obo (Trades Considered)
Exterior: White
Interior: Saddle
Miles: 103,000
Location: Martinsburg

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1972 White Corvette Coupe Numbers matching, 4spd, factory A/C, deluxe interior, power windows, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM/cassette, rally wheels with raised white letter radials, dual exhaust, nice chrome, nice white paint (more)

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1972 Corvette, brochure illustration
GM brochure courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection
1972 Corvette official GM photo
1972 Corvette: Official GM Photo.

1971 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Custom Interior Trim 8,709 (32.25%) $158.00
A31 Power Windows 9,495 (35.16%) $85.35
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe) 749 (2.77%) $42.15
AV3 Three Point Seat Belts 17,693 (65.52%) n/a
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 2,646 (9.80%) $273.85
C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 811 (3.00%) $158.00
C50 Rear Window Defroster 2,221 (8.22%) $42.15
C60 Air Conditioning 17,011 (62.99%) $464.50
J50 Power Brakes 18,770 (69.51%) $47.40
K19 Air Injection Reactor 3,912 (14.49%) n/a
LS5 454 cu. in. 270hp Engine (n/a California) 3,913 (14.49%) $294.90
LT1 350 cu. in. 255hp Engine 1,741 (6.45%) $483.45
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 1,638 (6.07%) n/a
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 14,543 (53.85%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 12,992 (48.11%) $84.30
N40 Power Steering 23,794 (88.11%) $115.90
P02 Deluxe Wheel Covers 3,593 (13.31%) $63.20
PT7 White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 6,666 (24.69%) $30.35
PU9 White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon 16,623 (61.56%) $43.65
T60 Heavy Duty Battery (standard with LS5) 2,969 (10.99%) $15.80
U69 AM-FM Radio 19,480 (72.14%) $178.00
U79 AM-FM Radio, stereo 7,189 (26.62%) $283.35
YF5 California Emission Test 1,967 (7.28%) $15.80
ZQ1 Optional Rear Axle Ratio 1,986 (7.35%) $12.65
ZR1 Special Purpose LT1 Engine Package 20 (0.07%) $1,010.05

Total Production: 27,004
Coupe: 20,496 (75.90%)
Convertible: 6,508 (24.10%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 200 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $5,533.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 200 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $5,296.00.
Note: New standards for measuring horsepower came into effect which explains the sudden decrease in rated engine output.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
912 Sunflower Yellow 1,543 (5.71%) Black / Saddle Black / White Silver
924 Pewter Silver 1,372 (5.08%) Blue / Black / Red / Saddle Black / White Silver
945 Bryar Blue 1,617 (5.99%) Black Black / White Silver
946 Elkhart Green 4,200 (15.55%) Black / Saddle Black / White Silver
972 Classic White 2,763 (10.23%) Blue / Black / Red / Saddle Black / White Silver
973 Mille Miglia Red 2,478 (9.18%) Black / Red / Saddle Black / White Silver
979 Targa Blue 3,198 (11.84%) Blue / Black Black / White Silver
987 Ontario Orange 4,891 (18.11%) Black / Saddle Black / White Silver
988 Steel Cities Gray 2,346 (8.69%) Black / Red / Saddle Black / White Silver
989 War Bonnet Yellow 2,550 (9.44%) Black / Saddle Black / White Silver

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