Mustang Timeline: 1972

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While the 1971 Mustang had "MUSTANG" in block letters across the width of the decklid, the 1972 model had a small "Mustang" script on the right side of the decklid. Government regulations required changes in the way engines were rated, and while the output remained the same from 1971, the horsepower ratings dropped damaging the image of the Mustang as a muscle car.

Mustang celebrated the 1972 Olympics iwith the Mustang Sprint. Sprints were white with blue rocker panel paint, hood stripes, and seat inserts and a USA shield on the rear quarter panel. All of the cars came with the standard "dog dish" hubcaps, but most owners have replaced them with Magnum 500 wheels. Ford made 800 Sprint fastbacks, and 50 convertibles were made for the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. It was recently learned that 6247 Sprint coupes were also offered.  Ford also offered Sprint models of their smaller Mavericks and Pintos. Visit Daniel Russell's 1972 Sprint Registry for more info.

Very few 1972 Shelbys were created for distribution in Europe. Visit this site for more info.

250cid 1V 6-cyl 98 hp   L Code
302cid 2V V-8 140 hp   F Code
351cid 2V V-8 177 hp   H Code
351cid 4V V-8 266 hp Cobra Jet Q Code
351cid 4V V-8 275 hp High Output R Code

Convertible, standard $2,965
Coupe, standard $2,679
Coupe, Grandé, standard $2,865
Fastback, standard $2,736
Fastback, Mach 1, standard $3,003

Convertible 6,121
Coupe 57,350
Coupe, Grandé 18,045
Fastback 16,622
Fastback, Mach 1 27,675
Sprint Production
By Package and Body
Body Package A Package B Total
Coupe 5512 735 6247
Sportsroof 1908 1178 3086
Convertible 50 0 50
Total 7470 1913 9383
By Engine and Body
Body L 250-1v F 302 2v H 351 2v Q 351 4v Total
Coupe 365 4306 1486 90 6247
Sportsroof 49 1268 1471 298 3086
Convertible 0 50 0 0 50
Total 414 5624 2957 388 9383
Total 125,813
Bright Blue Metallic
Bright Lime
Bright Red
Dark Green Metallic
Gold Glow
Grabber Blue
Ivy Glow
Light Blue
Light Pewter Metallic
Medium Bright Yellow
Medium Brown Metallic
Medium Green Metallic
Medium Lime Metallic
Medium Yellow Gold
Wimbledon White

Vehicle Identification Numbers
2 Last digit of model year
F Assembly plant (F-Dearborn)
05 Body code (01-Coupe, 02-Fastback, 03-Convertible, 04-Grandé, 05-Mach 1)
Q Engine code
100001 Consecutive unit number



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