The 1972 Dodge Challenger
Listed below are only the changes from
the last years production.
BodyThe list of stuff that was no longer available gets very long here. First of all the convertible and Challenger Deputy models were dropped and the R/T was renamed the Rallye. Rallye came with the performance hood and now had dummy air extractors bolted to the front fenders but the shaker was not available. Also dropped was the formal roof option and coloured bumpers. The chrome bumpers were carried over from the late '71 model.
The same front fenders were fitted to all models and would now take 15 inch wheels but 15 inch wheels were no longer available from the factory.
Photo donated by Mike Dalton
Exterior Paint and StripesChallengers were painted with acrylic enamel. There was a huge range of colours available to Dodge so there may be the odd car finished in a different colour to the ones listed below. You can see a paint chip chart HERE.
Only two high impact colours were avalible - Hemi Orange (V2) and Top Banana (Y1). Rallye cars had strobe effect stripes leading out of the dummy fender scoops and running down the doors.
Vinyl TopOnly black, white or green for this year.
InteriorVinyl bucket seats were the standard. Leather or cloth inserts could not be ordered.
The Rallye instrument cluster was optional on the base Challenger but came as standard on the Rallye. The steering wheel was the same on all models and was a polished two-spoke unit.
Interior colours were Bright Blue, Dark Green, White, Black and Gold.
Brakes11 inch brakes were dropped.
Wheels and Tyres14 x 5.5 inch Chrome Road and Rallye wheels were still optional but 15 inch wheels were no longer available from the factory. 15 inch styled wheels could be ordered as a dealer installed option with heavy duty suspension / power disc brakes. There was no trim ring supplied and the spare wheel was a standard steel item.
The center cap on the Rallye wheel was made larger and brightly plated.
EnginesGood news was that the 198 6 cyl. engine was dropped with the Challenger Deputy. Not so good was the news that the big blocks were also dropped. Monster power died this year. R.I.P.
This left the 340 cu. in. V8 as the top dog and it came as standard in the Rallye.
Transmission and DrivetrainA three speed manual was standard with a 4 speed or an automatic optional. The 7.25 and 9.75 inch rear axles were both dropped. A 3.23:1 ratio 8.75 inch axle was standard on the Rallye with a 3.55:1 "sure grip" limited slip unit optional.
OptionsAvalible options for the 1972 model are listed below. Please refer back to the 1970 page for a discription of each option.
Light Package ( A01)
Basic Group (A04)
Performance Axle Package (A36)
Floor Console (C16)
Rear Window Defroster (H31)
Air Con. (H51)
Body Sill Mouldings (M25)
Power Sunroof (M51)