1972 Chevelle Restoration Information

The 1972 Chevelle was pretty much the same as the 1971 Chevelle. Slight changes included a new grille and one piece side marker lights.

The 1972 Chevelle was available in several different trim levels. These included the base Chevelle, Chevelle Malibu, Chevelle Concours Estate, Chevelle SS 396, and SS 454, and the all-new Heavy Chevy. Body styles included 2 door sports coupes, 2 door sedans, 2 door convertibles, 4 door sedans, 2 door wagons, and 4 door wagons. About 450,800 Chevelles were produced in 1972.

Power Plant Changes to the 1972 Chevelle

To complement the wide variety of available colors were the available drive train combinations that could be opted for. The mighty big blocks were still available in the Super Sports models but emissions and high insurance rates caused horsepower numbers to dwindle even further in 1972.

Base models had the option of two available six cylinder engines. For buyers who wanted more power, they could opt for a V8 engine, either big block or small block. In 1972 big blocks were still in abundance and both 396 and 454 cubic inch engines were regularly available.

To complement the vast availability of engines there were also a wide variety of drivetrain combinations that could be ordered on the ’72 Chevelle. Manual transmissions were either 3-speed or 4-speed and automatic transmissions were either the 2-speed Powerglide or 3-speed Turbo Hydra-matics.

Horsepower was now measured in net horsepower rather than gross horsepower, so performance numbers seriously declined. Most experts would agree that this was considered the last of the muscle car era.

Interior & Exterior Changes to the 72 Chevelle

Interiors could be optioned with either bucket seats or bench seats and were available in many different colors. The most popular interior colors in 1972 were Black, Dark Blue, Jade Green, Sandalwood, and Dark Saddle.

The buyer could have ordered a number of different exterior colors including Antique White, Pewter Silver, Dusk Gray Poly, Tuxedo Black, Ascot Blue Poly, Mediterranean Blue Poly, Mulsanne Blue, Fathom Blue Poly, Spring Green Poly, Gulf Green Poly, Oasis Green Poly, Sequoia Green Poly, Covert Tan, Placer Gold Poly, Desert Gold Poly, Cream Yellow, Golden Brown Poly, Turin Tan, Driftwood, Mohave Gold Poly, Orange Flame Poly, Midnight Bronze Poly, Aegean Brown, Cranberry Red.

Vinyl tops were also available in a variety of colors including white, black, blue, green, and covert tan. Convertible tops came in a black or white option.


1972 Chevrolet Chevelle OEM Brochure


Model Options:

1972 Chevelle Nomad Wagon Information

  • Body Styles
    • 4-Door Wagon
  • Engine Options
    • 250 cubic inch 145 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 307 cubic inch 130 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle Information

  • Body Styles
    • 2-Door Sport Coupe
    • 4-Door Sedan
    • 4-Door Wagon
  • Engine Options
    • 250 cubic inch 145 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 307 cubic inch 130 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle Malibu Information

  • Body Styles
    • 4-Door Sedan
    • 4-Door Sport Sedan
    • 2-Door Sport Coupe
    • 2-Door Convertible
    • 4-Door Concours Wagon
  • Engine Options
    • 250 cubic inch 145 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 307 cubic inch 130 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle Malibu Concours Estate Wagon Information

  • Body Styles
    • 4-Door Wagon
  • Engine Options
    • 250 cubic inch 145 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 307 cubic inch 130 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle Heavy Chevy Information

  • Body Styles
    • 2-Door Sport Coupe
  • Engine Options
    • 307 cubic inch 130 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle SS (Super Sport) Information

  • Body Styles
    • 2-Door Sport Coupe
    • 2-Door Convertible
  • Engine Options
    • 350 cubic inch 165 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 350 cubic inch 175 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 402 (396) cubic inch 240 horsepower V8 (optional)

1972 Chevelle SS 454 Information (Super Sport)

  • Body Styles
    • 2-Door Sport Coupe
    • 2-Door Convertible
  • Engine Options
    • 454 cubic inch 270 horsepower V8 (optional)

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1972 Chevelle Engine Codes & Specifications

Engine Type

Cubic Inches

Horsepower

Torque

L6

250 cid (STD)

110 hp @ 3800 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

V8

307 cid (STD)

130 hp @ 4000 RPM

230lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

V8

350 cid (RPO L65)

165 hp @ 4000 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

V8

350 cid (RPO L48)

175 hp @ 4000 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

V8

402 cid (RPO LS3)

240 hp @ 4400 RPM

345 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

V8

454 cid (RPO LS5)

270 hp @ 4000 RPM

390 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

1972 Chevelle Engine ID Codes

6-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size / Carburetor

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

CAH

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

Low Compression Engine

CBA

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

NB2

CBD

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

Taxi & NB2

CBG

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

-

CBJ

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

-

CBK

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

Taxi

CDL

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

A.I.R.

CDM

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Standard

A.I.R.

CSD

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

NB2

8-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size / Carburetor

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

307

CAY

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

3-Speed Manual

NB2

CAZ

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Powerglide

NB2

CKG

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Standard

-

CKH

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Powerglide

-

CMA

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

TH350

NB2

CTK

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

TH350

-

350

CAR

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

Police & NB2

CDA

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

3/4-Speed Manual

NB2

CDB

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

Powerglide

NB2

CDD

350 cid 1x4bbl

175 hp L48

TH350

NB2

CDG

350 cid 1x4bbl

175 hp L48

3/4-Speed Manual

NB2

CKA

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

3/4-Speed Manual

-

CKB

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

-

CKD

350 cid 1x4bbl

175 hp L48

TH350

-

CKK

350 cid 1x4bbl

175 hp L48

3/4-Speed Manual

-

CMD

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

NB2

CSH

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

Police

CTL

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

-

402

CLA

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

4-Speed Manual

-

CLB

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

TH400

-

CLS

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

3-Speed Manual

-

CTA

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

4-Speed Manual

A.I.R., Police & Taxi

CTB

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

TH400

A.I.R.

CTH

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

3-Speed Manual

A.I.R.

CTJ

402 cid 1x4bbl

240 hp LS3

TH400

A.I.R., Police & Taxi

454

CPA

454 cid 1x4bbl

270 hp LS5

Manual, M22

-

CPD

454 cid 1x4bbl

270 hp LS5

TH400

CRW

454 cid 1x4bbl

270 hp LS5

TH400

A.I.R.

CRX

454 cid 1x4bbl

270 hp LS5

Manual, M22

A.I.R.

1972 Chevelle Rear Axle Codes

Code

Axle Ratio

Notes

CF

3.31:1

Positraction 12-bolt (LS3)

CH

2.73:1

Positraction 12-bolt (L48 & LS3)

CW

3:31.1

12-bolt (L48 & LS3)

GA

2.56:1

10-bolt

GC

2.73:1

10-bolt (L65)

GD

2.73:1

Positraction 10-bolt (L65)

GF

3.08:1

10-bolt

GG

3.36:1

10-bolt (L65)

GH

2.73:1

10-bolt (L14)

GI

3.36:1

Positraction 10-bolt

GN

3.08:1

10-bolt (L14)

KD

2.73:1

12-bolt (L48 & LS3)

RU

3.31:1

12-bolt (LS5)

RV

3.31:1

Positraction 12-bolt (LS5)

RW

4.10:1

Positraction 12-bolt

1972 Chevelle Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

Code

Description

Quantity

Cost

AK1

Seat Belts & Front Shoulder Harness - Deluxe, Coupe/Sedan w/ Bench Seat

112,998

$16.90

-

Seat Belts & Front Shoulder Harness - Deluxe, Coupe w/ Bucket Seat

-

$15.30

AU3

Electric Door Locks - Coupe/Convertible

10,683

$47.40

-

Electric Door Locks - Sedan

-

$72.70

A01

Tinted Glass - All Windows

479,960

$44.25

-

(13637 / 13639 - 11/71)

-

$43.20

-

(13680 / 13637 - 07/72)

-

$42.00

-

(13857 - 11/71)

-

$46.35

A02

Tinted Glass - Windshield

10,965

$42.65

A31

Windows - Electric Control

17,449

n/a

A33

Tail Gate Window - Electric

23,649

$34.00

A39

Custom Deluxe Seat Belts, Front & Rear, Convertible w/ Bench Seat

689

$14.75

-

Custom Deluxe Seat Belts, Front & Rear, Convertible w/ Bucket Seats

-

$13.20

A41

Front Seat Electric Control 4-Way - Bench

3,317

n/a

A46

Front Seat Electric Control 4-Way - Bucket

1,831

n/a

A51

Strato-Bucket Seats

61,566

$140.10

-

(13637 - June)

-

$133.00

A85

Deluxe Rear Shoulder Harness, Convertible

98

$27.40

B37

Floor Mats

178,186

$12.65

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$6.50

-

(13637 - 06/72)

-

$12.00

B84

Body Side Molding Equipment, n/a w/ Heavy Chevy

143,687

$34.80

-

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$33.75

-

(13680 / 13637 - 07/72)

-

$33.00

B85

Body Side Molding Upper

45,201

n/a

B90

Door & Window Frame Molding, 4 Door Sedan

14,570

$7.40

B93

Door Edge Guards, Coupe & Convertible

226,406

$6.35

-

Door Edge Guards, Sedan

-

$9.50

-

(13637 - 06/72)

-

$6.00

C05

Folding Top

4,852

n/a

C08

Exterior Soft Trim Roof Cover

284,926

$96.90

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$94.80

-

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$94.90

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$62.00

-

(13637 - 06/72)

-

$92.00

C50

Rear Window Defroster, Coupe/Sedan

45,131

$31.60

-

Rear Window Defroster, Convertible

-

$36.90

-

(13637 - June)

-

$31.00

C51

Rear Window Deflector

10,683

$21.00

C60

Air Conditioning - Deluxe

427,097

$418.15

-

(13639 - 11/71)

-

$407.60

-

(13637 - 06/72)

-

$397.00

D35

Outside Mirror - Remote Control, n/a w/ SS

190,321

$12.65

D33

Outside Mirror - Remote Control

-

-

-

(13637 - 01/72) (13569 - 04/72)

-

$12.00

-

(13639 / 13857 - 11/71)

-

$12.65

D34

Vanity Visor Mirror

44,732

$3.20

D55

Front Compartment Console (requires A51)

56,495

$60.05

-

(13637 - June)

-

$57.00

D88

Sport Stripes - YF8 Black, n/a w/ Midnight Bronze

14,772

$81.10

-

Sport Stripes - ZR8 White, n/a w/ Antique White

-

$77.00

F40

Special Front and Rear Suspension, n/a w/ SS

26,479

$17.95

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$17.00

F41

Special Performance Front and Rear Suspension (Incl. w/ SS)

19,595

$31.60

G67

Rear Shock Absorber Level Control

621

n/a

G80

Rear Axle - Positraction

40,564

$47.40

-

(13569 - 04/72)

-

$45.00

JL2

Front Power Disc Brakes (Incl. w/ SS)

131,991

$71.65

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$68.00

-

(13639 - 11/71)

-

$69.55

J50

Vacuum Power Brake Equipment, Drum (n/a w/ SS)

187,151

$48.65

K30

Cruise Master Speed Control

11,510

$65.30

K85

Alternator, 63 Amp w/o AC

4,918

$27.40

-

Alternator, 63 Amp w/ AC

-

$5.30

LS3

Engine - V8, 402 cid, 4-bbl Carburetor, 240 hp

20,031

$176.95

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$168.00

LS5

Engine - V8, 454 cid, Hi Performance (n/a California)

5,333

$286.50

-

(13680 - 03/72)

-

$272.00

L48

Engine - V8, 350 cid, 175 hp

125,708

$75.85

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$73.75

-

(13637 - 03/72)

-

$72.00

-

(13857 - 11/71)

-

$47.40

L65

Engine - V8, 350 cid, 2-bbl Carburetor, 165 hp

274,178

$27.40

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$26.35

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$26.00

MC1

Heavy Duty 3-Speed Transmission, LS3 Only

272

$135.20

M11

Floor Shift 3-Speed Transmission, L48 & L65 Only

4,025

$135.20

M20

4-Speed Transmission, Wide Ratio (n/a w/ base V8)

10,201

$200.65

-

(13637 - 11/71 - w/ L65)

-

$195.40

-

(13637 - 03/72 - w/ L48)

-

$195.00

-

(13637 - June - w/ L48)

-

$190.00

M22

4-Speed Transmission, Heavy Duty, Close Ratio, LS5 Only

1,513

$243.95

M35

Powerglide Transmission, 6-Cylinder Engine

43,915

$183.75

-

Powerglide Transmission, 8-Cylinder Engine

-

$195.40

M38

Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH350

541,869

$216.50

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$210.00

M40

Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH400

21,427

$237.60

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$231.00

NK2

Deluxe Steering Wheel

9,556

$15.80

NK4

Sport Steering Wheel

20,486

$15.00

N33

Steering Wheel - Tilt Type

55,301

$46.35

-

(13639 - 10/71 / 13857 - 11/71)

-

$45.30

-

(13680 - 03/72)

-

$44.00

N40

Power Steering

418,747

$119.05

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$115.90

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$113.00

PA3

Special Wheel Trim Cover

24,132

n/a

PK2

G70-14B G/B White Stripe

25,929

n/a

PL3

E78-14B 2x2 White Stripe

225,900

$29.15

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$28.15

PM5

G78 x 14 Belted Tires

n/a

-

-

(13136 - 06/72)

-

$44.90

PM6

G78-14D G/B White Stripe

11,012

n/a

PM7

F60-15B G/B White Letter

25,695

n/a

PU8

G78-15B G/B White Stripe

137,178

n/a

PX5

F78 x 14 Belted Tires

n/a

-

-

w/ 240 hp Engine

-

$17.95

-

w/ 240 hp Engine, Incl. 14x6 Wheels

-

$23.20

-

(13569 - 04/72)

-

$17.00

PX6

F78-14B B/B White Stripe (w/o LS3)

78,373

$49.10

-

F78-14B B/B White Stripe (w/ LS3)

-

$54.35

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$52.40

-

(13637 - 01/72)

-

$47.35

-

(13680 - 07/72 / 13637 - June)

-

$47.40

-

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$48.10

P01

Wheel Trim Cover

223,492

$27.40

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$26.00

-

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$26.35

P02

Deluxe Wheel Trim Cover

18,167

$86.40

P90

G70-15B G/B White Stripe

34,960

$49.35

T58

Rear Wheel Opening Skirt

17,941

n/a

T60

Heavy Duty Battery

39,907

$15.80

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$15.00

UM1

AM Push Button Radio & Tape Player

35,637

$205.40

-

(13637 - June)

-

$195.00

UM2

AM/FM Push Button Radio & Tape Player

7,403

$382.35

U14

Instrument Panel Gauges, Requires V8 Coupe/Convertible

25,179

$86.40

-

(13637 - 11/71 w/ L65)

-

$84.30

-

(13637 - 03/72 w/ L48)

-

$82.00

-

(13680 - 03/72 w/ LS5)

-

$97.00

U35

Electric Clock

49,062

$16.90

U63

Radio - AM Push Button

478,309

$68.50

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$66.40

-

(13637 - 01/72)

-

$65.00

-

(13680 - 07/72)

-

$65.00

U69

Radio - AM/FM Push Button

63,234

$142.20

U76

Windshield Antenna

626,027

n/a

U79

AM/FM Stereo Equipment

15,366

$239.10

U80

Auxiliary Rear Speaker

126,641

$15.80

-

(13637 - 01/72)

-

$15.00

V01

Heavy Duty Radiator, 6-Cylinder Engine

36,249

$14.75

-

(13136 - 06/72)

-

$14.00

-

Heavy Duty Radiator, 8-Cylinder Engine

-

$22.15

-

(13680 - 04/72 w/ LS3) (13637 - 06/72 w/ L65)

-

$21.00

-

(13569 - 04/72)

-

$14.00

-

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$21.20

-

(13680 - 03/72 w/ LS5)

-

$21.00

V30

Front & Rear Bumper Guards

72,663

$32.65

(13639 - 10/71)

-

$31.60

V55

Roof Luggage Carrier

26,706

$56.00

YD1

Axle For Trailering, Requires Base V8, L48, L65, LS3 & TH400

2,821

$12.65

YF3

Heavy Chevy Package

9,508

$145.35

-

YF3/YF8 w/ Black Stripes, n/a w/ Midnight Bronze

-

-

-

YF3/ZR8 w/ White Stripes, n/a w/ Antique White

-

-

YF5

California Assembly Line Emission Test

58,689

$15.80

-

(13637 - 01/72)

-

$15.00

YF8

Black Stripes (Color Only, See D88 Stripes)

n/a

n/a

YJ9

Emissions Label

n/a

n/a

ZJ7

Special Wheel, Hub Cap & Trim Ring

180,852

$46.35

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$45.30

-

(13637 - 05/72)

-

$44.00

-

(13857 - 11/71)

-

$41.10

ZJ9

Auxiliary Lighting Group, Malibu Convertible

54,605

$15.80

-

Auxiliary Lighting Group, Malibu Sport Coupe or Sedan

-

$22.15

-

Auxiliary Lighting Group, Chevelle Coupe or Sedan

-

$24.80

-

(13680 - 04/72)

-

$17.50

-

(13637 - 03/72)

-

$21.00

-

(13857 - 11/71)

-

$21.10

ZL2

Special Ducted Hood, Requires SS Option & LS3 or LS5

3,659

$162.20

-

(13680 - 03/72)

-

$128.00

ZP5

Appearance Guard Group - Coupe/Convertible

n/a

$54.85

-

Appearance Guard Group - 4-Door Sedan/Sport Sedan

-

$58.00

ZQ2

Operating Convenience Group

n/a

$12.65-$62.50

ZQ9

Rear Axle - Performance Ratio, Standard V8 & TH400

296

$12.65

-

Rear Axle - Performance Ratio, w/ L48, L65, LS3 & TH400 (YD1)

-

$12.65

Z15

SS Equipment Group

24,946

$365.50

-

(13637 - 11/71)

-

$357.05

-

(13680 - 03/72)

-

$350.05

Z35

300 Deluxe Trim Option - Canada Only On 13437 Series Chevelle

n/a

-

703

Interior Trim Vinyl

34,259

$19.00

704

Interior Trim Vinyl - Black

n/a

$19.00

-

(13637 - 03/72)

-

$18.00

708

Interior Trim Vinyl - Black

n/a

$19.00

-

(13857 - 11/71)

-

$18.00

713

Interior Trim Vinyl - Green

n/a

$18.00

720

Interior Trim Vinyl - Tan

n/a

$19.00

721

Interior Trim Vinyl - Tan

4,814

$19.00

731

Interior Trim Vinyl - Light Covert (Monte Carlo)

16,958

$19.00

732

Interior Trim Vinyl - Covert

n/a

$19.00

-

(13637 - 06/72)

-

$18.00

743

Interior Trim Vinyl - White

n/a

$19.00

956

Color Combination - Two Tone

6,321

$32.65

-

(13637 - 01/72)

-

$31.00

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U.S. Wheel – Brand Feature

Keeping it classic since 1986 U.S. Wheel’s beginnings go back to the early ’60s with the family-owned metal stamping facility. In the late 80’s they

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Bob M’s 1970 Nova

Bob’s 1970 Nova has been a father/son project since he was 16 years old to the present, 32 years later. They had gone to his

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