1972 Dodge Challenger Guide: History, Performance, & More
Listed below are only the changes from the last years production.
Please refer back to previous model years for more detail.
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 until 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
Light Gunmetal Met.
Basin Street Blue
Bright Blue Met.
Med. Green Met.
Dark Green Met.
Dark Tan Met.
Dark Gold Met.
Only black, white or green for this year.
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.
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
With Disc Brakes
Goodyear Polyglas GT
* Only with heavy duty suspension. ** Only with power front disc brakes, dealer installed.
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
Size (cu. in.)
Net Power (B.H.P.)
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.
Avalible options for the 1972 model are listed below. Please refer back to the 1970 page for a discription of each option.