1972 Chevrolet Camaro
The 1972 Chevrolet Camaro received
only modest exterior changes.
The 1972 Chevrolet Camaro's clever front-end facelifting was accomplished by reducing the number of vertical grille bars, which produced a larger eggcrate pattern for a more aggressive look.
The split-grille RS (Rally Sport) front end stood pat. Otherwise, changes were few.
Three-point shoulder belts were installed for the first time, and at midyear, a "fasten seat belts" warning light was added.
Production slipped below 69,000 cars -- the lowest total ever -- partly due to a strike at the Norwood, Ohio, assembly plant. The biggest Camaro engine was the "396" (actually displacing 402 cubic inches), rated at 240 net horsepower, the measurement system now employed by all automakers.
Camaro Z28s used a 350-cubic-inch V-8 that developed 255 horsepower (net). Standard engines were the 110-horsepower 250-cubic-inch six and 130-horsepower 307-cubic-inch V-8, with a 200-horsepower 350 the only other option.
Just 4,824 Camaros had a six-cylinder engine while 63,832 came with one of the V-8 choices, including 2,575 Z28s. About 60,000 Camaros had power steering, and more than 84 percent had an automatic transmission.
The 1972 Camaro's SS package
produced 200 net horsepower.
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