1972 Corvette

1972 Corvette Pricing, Factory Options, & Colors

This page has most, if not all, of the options available when ordering a new 1972 Chevrolet Corvette. Also included are the interior and exterior color options, including paint codes. Read more: 1972 Corvette research center.

1972 Corvette Factory Options

CODE:
DESCRIPTION:
QUANTITY:
RETAIL PRICE:
19437
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
20,496
$5,533.00
19436
Base Corvette Convertible
6,508
$5,296.00
Custom Interior Trim
8,709
$158.00
AV3
Three-Point Seat Belts
17,693  $0.00
A31
Power Windows
9,495
$85.35
A85
Custom Shoulder Belts (std with coupe)
749
$42.15
C07
Custom Shoulder Belts (std with coupe)
2,646
$273.85
C08
Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop)
811
$158.00
C50 Rear Window Defroster 2,221
$42.15
C60
Air Conditioning
 17,011  $464.50
ZQ1 Optional Rear Axle Ratio 1,986
$12.65
J50
Power Brakes
18,770
$47.40
K19 Air Injection Reactor
3,912
$0.00
LS5 454ci, 270hp Engine (n/a in California)  3,913
$294.90
LT1 350ci, 255hp Engine 1,741  $483.45
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close-ratio 1,638
$483.45
M40 Turbo-Hydro-matic Automatic Transmission 14,543
$0.00
N37
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
12,992
$84.30
N40 Power Steering 23,794 $115.90
PO2 Deluxe Wheel Cover 3,593  $63.20
PT7 White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 6,666
$30.35
PU9
White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon
16,623
$43.65
T60 Heavy Duty Battery (std with LS5)
2,969
$15.80
U69 AM-FM Radio
19,480
$178.00
U79
AM-FM Radio, Stereo
7,189
$283.35
YF5
California Emission Test
1,967
$15.80
ZR1  Special Purpose LT1 Engine Package  20
$1010.05
Base Corvette Sport Coupe (19437)
  • The base price of the 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 200 horsepower engine, 4-speed wide ratio manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and T-tops were included in the base price.Base Corvette Convertible (19467) – The base price of the 1972 Corvette Convertible without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 200 horsepower engine, 4-speed wide ratio manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and a convertible top  were included in the base price.

Custom Interior ( — )

  • Optional interior trim upgrade that included a number of custom modifications to the base interior.
  • The custom interior trim includes leather seat trim, wood-grain accents and carpet trim on door panels, wood-grain accents on the console, and cut-pile carpeting.

Three Point Seat Belts (AV3)

  • A three-point belt in a Y-shaped arrangement.
  • The seatbelt design features three separate mounting points of connection to the car. The connection points are located at the right lap mount, left lap mount, and at the shoulder mount.

Power Windows (A31)

  • Factory installed power driver and passenger windows.

Custom Shoulder Belts (A85)

  • An addition to the standard lap safety belt that crosses over the shoulder for added safety.
  • The shoulder belts option were included with all Corvette coupes at no additional charge.  The option was also available on the Corvette convertible, but at an additional cost.

Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertibles) (C07)

  • An optional hard-top that could be installed in lieu of the convertible top.

Vinyl Covering (for Auxiliary Hardtop) (C08)

  • This option provided an external vinyl liner application to the auxiliary hardtop.
  • The vinyl covering provided a faux convertible top appearance even when the hardtop was mounted on the car.

Rear Window Defroster (C50)

  • An optional rear window forced air defroster.
  • This option was not available to consumers when the RPO ZR1  was ordered.

Air Conditioning (C60)

  • Factory installed air-conditioning.
  • System includes evaporator, blower, condenser, receiver-dehydrator, refrigerant (freon) tank, air intake assembly and duct assembly for both systems.
  • Includes an integrated heater.
  • Manually controlled by knobs on instrument control panel.

Optional Rear Axle Ratio  (ZQ1)

  • Rear axle ratio selection.

Power Brakes (J50)

  • Vacuum power assisted brakes.
  • Includes dual circuit master cylinder.

Air Injection Reactor (K19)

  • Reactor assembly in the fuel/air injection system.
  • Used to mix fresh air with hot exhaust gases to burn off the unburned gasoline in an effort to reduce emissions.

454ci, 270hp Engine (LS5)

  • Optional high-output, big-block V-8 engine.

350ci, 255hp Engine (LT1)

  • Optional higher-output, small block V-8 engine.

4-Speed Manual Transmission, Close Ratio (M21)

  • A close ratio version of the M20 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.
  • The gear ratios for the RPO M21 Close Ratio 4-Speed Manual Transmission are: 1st Gear – 2.20:1, 2nd Gear – 1.64:1, 3rd Gear – 1.28:1, 4th Gear – 1.0:1 (Direct).

Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission (M40)

  • An optional, three-speed automatic transmission.
  • The Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission consisted of a 3-element hydraulic torque converter and compound planetary gear set.  It was equipped with the following gear ratios: 1st Gear – 2.48:1, 2nd Gear – 1.48:1, and 3rd Gear – 1.00:1.
  • The M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission was a no-cost option with the base 350 cubic inch, 200 horsepower engine, but cost an additional $97 when ordered with the 454 cubic inch, 270 horsepower LS5 engine.  It was not available with the LT1 or the ZR1 options.

Tilt Telescopic Steering Column (N37)

  • An optional, adjustable steering column and tilt-angle adjustable steering wheel.
  • The Telescopic Steering Column changed the drivers distance from the steering wheel by literally telescoping the steering wheel closer to or further away from the vehicle operator.

Power Steering (N40)

  • Hydraulically assisted power steering.

Deluxe Wheel Covers (P02)

  • Optional deluxe wheel covers.
  • This option was not available to consumers when the RPO ZR1 was ordered.

White Stripe Tires, F70 x 15, nylon (PT7)

  • Standard size tires with a special 3/8″  wide white sidewall stripes.

White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon (PU9)

  • Standard size tires with special raised white lettering.

Heavy Duty Battery (T60)

  • A larger than standard battery with added cranking power and capacity.
  • The Heavy Duty Battery option (T60) was included when the LS5 was ordered.
  • It featured an 80AH rating and included 90 plates.
  • 3,750 watts.

AM-FM Radio (U69)

  • A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio..
  • This radio only broadcasted a mono signal.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U79)

  • An optional, dealer installed Corvette radio.
  • This radio option provided a true stereo signal.
  • This radio featured green lettering.
  • This option was not available to consumers when the RPO ZR1  was ordered.

California Emission Test (YF5)

  • An assembly line emissions test to conform with California registration requirements.
  • Not available when the LS5 engine was ordered with the car.

Special Purpose Engine Package (ZR1)

  • Optional performance and handling upgrade.
  • The ZR1 package included the LT1 engine, heavy-duty, close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty power brakes, transistor ignition, special aluminum radiator, and special springs, shocks, and front and rear stabilizer bars (although ZR1’s have been documented with and without rear stabilizers.)
    1972 ZR1’s did not have metal fan shrouds.
  • When the ZR1 option was ordered, the following options were not available on the 1972 Corvette: Power Windows (A31), Rear Window Defroster (C50), Air Conditioning (C60), Power Steering (N40), Deluxe Wheel Covers (P02), AM-FM Radio (U69), AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U79).

NOTES:

Repeal of the Federal Excise Tax on December 11, 1971 reduced retail prices.
There were virtually no appearance changes for the 1972 model year, but the significance of this model year is that it represented the “end of an era” for the third-generation Corvette.  The 1972 Corvette was the last to feature both front and rear chrome bumpers, a bright egg-crate grill, side-fender grills (later models do have function vents and some have vent trim), and a removable rear window, which was a feature that was unique for the 1968-1972 model years.

The 1972 Corvette did not include the fiber-optic light-monitoring system used in 1968-1971 models, although the previously optional alarm system was now a standard feature (the horn sounding type) and was included in the car’s base price.

The 1972 decrease in horsepower rating was mainly the result of the measurement criteria. While previous horsepower ratings were measured in “gross” output of the engine, the 1972 ratings used a more realistic, more real-world “net” horsepower.  The net horsepower took into consideration losses in horsepower from the air cleaners, exhaust systems, and accessories.

See Also

C3 1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

1970 Corvette

1972 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Exterior Colors

CODE
EXTERIOR QTY WHEELS INTERIOR
912
924
945
946
972
973
979
987
988
989
Sunflower Yellow
Pewter Silver
Bryar Blue
Elkhart Green
Classic white
Mille Miglia Red
Targa Blue
Ontario Orange
Steel Cities Gray
War Bonnet Yellow
1,543
1,372
1,617
4,200
2,763
2,478
3,198
4,892
2,346
2,550
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Silver
Black, Saddle
Black, Blue, Red, Saddle
Black
Black, Saddle
Black, Blue, Red, Saddle
Black, Red, Saddle
Black, Blue
Black, Saddle
Black, Red, Saddle
Black, Saddle

Interior Colors (Vinyl & Leather)

INTERIOR COLOR CODES (VINYL):
INTERIOR COLOR CODES (LEATHER):
Black (Vinyl)
Red (Vinyl)
Dark Blue (Vinyl)
Saddle (Vinyl)
Dark Green (Vinyl)
400
407
412
417
423
Black (Leather)
Saddle (Leather)
404
421

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