As of the time of publishing this article, the gorgeous 1972 Dodge Challenger shown in the pictures was listed for sale on eBay.
The 1972 Dodge Challenger
When Chrysler introduced the 1972 Dodge Challenger to the world, it had the same classic, sleek first generation Challenger body lines that earlier Challenger models had, but it had been redesigned on a few key features to give it a fresh look.
One of the first design changes that updated the look of the ’72 Challenger is found right out front – the headlights and grille were no longer encased in one long, oval section.
’72 Challenger Grille and Headlight Changes
While the outline of the long, oval shape still framed the headlights and grille of the Dodge Challenger in the 1972 models, as you can see in the images above and below, the grille had a trapezoid form that was clearly separated in ’72 and the dual headlights peered out from under the slight overhang of the fenders and hood.
The Redesigned Rear View of the 1972 Challenger
You can’t really see this feature in the image of the Mopar below because the tail lights slipped into the shadows in the pic, but according to Old Rides, Dodge changed the taillights on the 1972 Challenger from previous years.
In 1972 models, Dodge Challenger tail lights were no longer a one piece unit with a clear lens sporting a Dodge logo joining the ends – they were divided and separated in a more modern, edgy style.
’72 Challenger Engine Options
Three different engine options were offered in ’72 Challengers:
- The six-cylinder 225 that boasted 119 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed manual transmission.
- The eight-cylinder 318 that featured 150 HP and the option of a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual tranny.
- The eight-cylinder 340 that wowed with a powerful 240 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission.
- (The Challenger in the pictures has the 8-cyl 340 engine under its hood.)
By: Laure Justice