The 1972 Dodge Challenger

Listed below are only the changes from the last years production.
Please refer back to previous model years for more detail.

Body

The 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

New grilles and tail light panels were designed for '72 along with a change to the side marker lights. These remained unchanged untill production ended in '74. A Challenger script was placed above the marker light on the quarter-panels. The optional chrome flip - open gas cap was deleted.

Exterior Paint and Stripes

Challengers 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.

1972 Exterior Paint Colours
Paint CodeColour NameChrysler No.Ditzler No.
A4Light Gunmetal Met.AY2GA42314
B1Blue SkyAY1HB12424
B3Basin Street BlueAY1TB32423
B5Bright Blue Met.AY2GB52306
E5Bright RedAY1FE5213
F3Med. Green Met.AY2GF32316
F7Dark Green Met.AY2GF72317
T6TanAY2HT6242
T8Dark Tan Met.AY2HT82425
V2Hemi-OrangeAY2EV2218
W1WhiteAY1EW12033
X9BlackAY1TX99300
Y1Top BananaAY1FY12211
Y4GoldAY2GY42310
Y8Gold Met.AY2GY82307
Y9Dark Gold Met.AY2GY92311

Vinyl Top

Only black, white or green for this year.

Interior

Vinyl 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.

Brakes

11 inch brakes were dropped.

Wheels and Tyres

14 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.

1972 Challenger Tyres
EngineStandardWith Disc BrakesOptionalRecommended Brand
2257.35x14F78x14F78x14 F70x14*Goodyear(F70)/Firestone(7.35)
318F78x14F78x14F70x14*Goodyear
340F70x14F70x14E60x15**Goodyear Polyglas GT
* Only with heavy duty suspension. ** Only with power front disc brakes, dealer installed.

Engines

Good 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.

1972 ENGINE OPTIONS
Option codeSize (cu. in.)Size (c.c.)TypeCarb.Net Power (B.H.P.)
C22536886 CYL.1 bbl.110
G3185212V82 bbl.150
H3405573V84 bbl.240

Transmission and Drivetrain

A 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.

Options

Avalible 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)

1972 Production Figures