1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible in Classic WhiteClose
Take a good look at the 1972 Corvette, as it would be the last year that chrome bumpers would appear in the front. The 1972 Corvette saw few changes over the 1971 model.
- The fiber optics light monitoring system was dropped. Although ingenious and simple, some thought of it as a gimmick.
- A horn sounding alarm was part of the base price.
- Although the LS5 454 cu. in. big block was listed on the options sheet, it was not available to California buyers. This was the start of an unfortunate trend where Golden State residents were shut out of some power train choices due to the state's more stringent smog regulations.
1972 Chevrolet Corvette 454 Cubic Inch LS5 EngineClose
The 454 cu. in. "big block" motor was rated at 270 hp. This may seem like a big reduction over the 1971 rating of 365 hp, but there is an explanation. Standards for measuring horsepower came into effect in 1972 and they better reflected real world conditions. Inclusion of air cleaners, accessories, stock exhaust systems along with measurement standards brought some sanity and consistency to the process.
1972 Corvette Engine Specifications PlateClose
The engine specifications plate was changed for 1972 and only included the cubic inche displacement, compression ratio and torque. 1969 through 1971 plates also included the horsepower figure. It's possible that the lowered horsepower, due mostly to a change in the measuring standards, was behind the update.
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