• The 1972 Corvette was almost identical to the 1970 and 1971 models
  • Standard equipment included the following
    • Positraction rear axle
      outside rearview mirror
      tinted glass
      flo-thru ventilation system
      four-wheel disc brakes
      electric clock
      carpeting
      wheel trim rings
      All-vinyl upholstery
      anti-theft alarm system
  • Ten colors were available
    • Bryar Blue
    • Classic White
    • Elkhart Green
    • Mille Miglia Red
    • Ontario Orange
    • Pewter Silver
    • Steel Cities Gray
    • Sunflower Yellow
    • Targa Blue
    • War Bonnet Yellow
  • All convertibles came with a choice of Black or White soft tops
  • Interior colors were Black, Blue, Red, and Saddle

I.D. NUMBERS

  • The serial number [Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN] was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
  • Convertible Serial numbers ranged from 1Z67K2S500001 to 1Z67K2S527004
  • Coupe Serial numbers ranged from 1Z67K2S500001 to 1Z67K2S527004
    Position Character Description
    1 1 Chevrolet Division
    2 Z Corvette
    3 & 4 67 convertible
    37 coupe
    5 K 350-cid V8
    W LS5 454-cid V8 with dual exhausts
    6 2 1972
    7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
    8 to 13 500001 to 527004 production sequence
  • Engine serial number
    1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
    8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
    9 to 11 Carburetion & transmission Code Engine Compression transmission Carburetor Extras
    CRS 350-cid 200-hp V-8 8.5:1 K-19 automatic four-barrel  
    CKW 350-cid 200-hp V-8 8.5:1 4-speed manual four-barrel  
    CDH 350-cid 200-hp V-8 8.5:1 NB2 4-speed manual four-barrel  
    CKX 350-cid 200-hp V-8 8.5:1 THM-400 automatic four-barrel  
    CDJ 350-cid 200-hp V-8 8.5:1 NB2 (Calif.) THM-400 automatic four-barrel  
    CKY 350-cid 255-hp V-8 9.0:1 4-speed manual four-barrel  
    CRT 350-cid 255-hp V-8 9.0:1 4-speed manual four-barrel Air Injection Reactor (AIR) system
    CKZ 350-cid 255-hp V-8 9.0:1 heavy-duty 4-speed manual four-barrel  
    CPH 454-cid 270-hp V-8 8.5:1 4-speed manual four-barrel  
    CPJ 454-cid 270-hp V-8 8.5:1 THM automatic four-barrel  
    CPR 454-cid 270-hp V-8 8.5:1 4-speed manual four-barrel Air Injection Reactor (AIR) system
    CPR 454-cid 270-hp V-8 8.5:1 THM automatic four-barrel Air Injection Reactor (AIR) system
  • Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block next to the engine number
  • The body number plate was located on the engine side of the cowl.
  • The Fisher Body Style Number 72-19467 identifies a Corvette Stingray convertible
  • The Fisher Body Style Number 72-19437 identifies a Corvette Stingray coupe
  • The body number is the production serial number of the body.
  • The trim number indicates the interior trim color and material.
  • The ten 1972 Corvette exterior colors were:
    • 945 = Bryar Blue
    • 972 = Classic White
    • 946 = Elkhart Green
    • 973 = Mille Miglia Red
    • 987 = Ontario Orange
    • 924 = Pewter Silver
    • 988 = Steel Cities Gray
    • 912 = Sunflower Yellow
    • 979 = Targa Blue
    • 989 = War Bonnet Yellow
  • Upholstery Codes
    Color Vinyl Upholstery Leather Upholstery
    Black 400 404
    Red 407  
    Blue 412  
    Saddle 417 421

IDENTIFICATION

Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Z 37
2-dr. Sport Coupe - 2 passenger
$5533 3115 lb 20,496
Z 67
2-dr. Conv - 2 passenger
$5296 3215 lb 6,508

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine (RPO ZQ3) Optional Engine (RPO LS5) Optional Engine (RPO LT1)
Type V-8, Overhead valve
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 350 cid 454 cid 350 cid
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 4.251 x 4.00" 4.00 x 3.48"
Compression ratio 8.5:1 8.5:1 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 200 @ 4400 270 @ 4000 255 @ 5600
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 2800 390 lb-ft @ 3200 280 lb-ft @ 4000
Main bearing five
Valve lifters hydraulic Solid valve lifters
Camshaft   high-performance camshaft High-performance camshaft
Fuel supply Rochester Quadra-Jet four-barrel Model 4MV Rochester 750CFM Quadra-Jet four-barrel Holley four-barrel on aluminum intake manifold with 2.50-inch diameter dual exhaust system

TRANSMISSION

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  • Standard Manual Transmission: close-ratio four-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter
  • Automatic Transmission: Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter (optional)

      CHASSIS

      Feature Convertible Coupe
      Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m) 98 inches (2.489 m)
      Overall length 182.5 inches (4.636 m) 182.5 inches (4.636 m)
      Overall width 69.0 inches (1.753 m) 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
      Overall height   47.4 inches (1.204 m)
      Ground Clearance 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
      Front tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m) 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
      Rear tread 59.4 inches (1.509 m) 59.4 inches (1.509 m)
      Tires F70-15 F70-15
      Frame Full-length welded-steel ladder type with five cross members. Steel box sections, welded.
      Front suspension Independent, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs; tubular shocks and stabilizer bar
      Rear suspension Independent, trailing arms, toe links, transverse chromium-carbon steel leaf spring, tube shocks, and anti-roll bar
      Steering Saginaw recirulating ball, 17.6:1 ratio, 2.9 turns to lock, 39.0 turning circle
      Rear axle type Sprung differential, Hypoid gear
      Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers, optional power assist
      Swept area 11.75" front and back
      Total swept area 461 sq. in.
      Wheels 8" wide slotted steel 15" 5-lug disc
      Standard rear axle ratio 3.36:1
      Optional rear axle ratio 3.70:1, 3.08:1, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 4.11:1

      OPTIONS

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      • RPO Custom interior trim ($158)
      • RPO A31 Electric power windows ($85.35)
      • RPO A85 Custom shoulder belts ($26.35)
      • RPO C07 Auxiliary hardtop for convertible ($273.85)
      • RPO C08 Vinyl cover for auxiliary hardtop ($158)
      • RPO C50 Rear window defroster ($42.15)
      • RPO C60 Air conditioning ($464.50)
      • RPO G81 Positraction rear axle, all ratios ($12.65)
      • RPO J50 Power brakes ($47.40)
      • RPO LS5 454-cid 270-hp V-8 ($294.90)
      • RPO LT1 350-cid 255-hp V-8 ($483.45)
      • RPO ZR1 350-cid 255-hp V-8 ($1010.05)
      • RPO M21 Four-speed close-ratio manual transmission (n/c)
      • RPO M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission (n/c)
      • RPO N37 Tilt-telescopic steering wheel ($84.30)
      • RPO N40 Power steering ($115.90)
      • RPO P02 Custom Wheel covers ($63.20)
      • RPO PT7 F70 x 15, white stripe tires ($30.35)
      • RPO PU9 F70 x 15, raised-white-letter tires ($43.65)
      • RPO T60 Heavy-duty battery ($15.80)
      • RPO U69 AM-FM radio ($178)
      • RPO U79 Stereo radio ($283.35)

      HISTORICAL NOTES

      • 35.1% of 1972 Corvettes had power windows
      • 88.2% had power steering
      • 63% had air conditioning
      • 48.1% had tilt steering
      • 6% had a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission
      • 7% had a heavy-duty four-speed manual transmission
      • 6.4% (1336) had the LT1 engine
      • A 1972 Corvette with the base ZQ3 V-8 could do 0-to-30 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 83 mph.
      • A 1972 Corvette with the LT1 V-8 could do 0-to-30 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds at 92 mph.
      • A 1972 Corvette with the LS5 V-8 could do 0-to-30 mph in 3.8 seconds, 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 93 mph.
      • Even though the horsepower rating were lower (e.g., the 1971 LT1 was rated at 330 hp, but the 1972 LT1 was rated at 255 hp), the performance was the same. In 1971 and previous years, the horsepower rating was a gross figure calculated before adding any equipment (alternator, pumps, fans, etc.). But across the industry (not just GM), the ratings were calculated on a net figure. Many people incorrectly attributed the decrease to pollution equipment and the use of unleaded gasoline.

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