1972 Camaro Data

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1972 Camaro Production: 4,821 6-cyl, 63,830 V8, 68,651 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/23/71

Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87H2N10001
* Second digit is model level: Q = Camaro (all models)
* Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, F = 307ci, H = 350ci, K = 350ci,ss, T = 350ci, z, U = 396ci,ss
* Sixth digit is model year: 2 = 1972
* Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly.
* Last six digits increased one with each car built at Norwood.

Dimensions
Length: 188.0 inchesHeight:50.5 inchesWidth: 74.4 inches Wheelbase: 108.0 inches Weight: 3310

1972 Engines
CIDConfigBore & StrokeBHP @ RPMTorque @ rpm Comp Carb.
Base 250 L-6 3.875 x 3.53 110 @ 3800 185 @ 1600 8.5:1 1v
Base307V-8 3.875 x 3.25 130 @ 4000 230 @ 24008.5:12V
L-65350V-8 4.00 x 3.48 165 @ 4000 280 @ 24008.5:1 2V
L-48350V-8 4.00 x 3.48 200 @ 4400 300 @ 28008.5:1 4V
Z-28350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 255 @ 5600 280 @ 40009.0:1 4V
LS-3396 V-84.126 x 3.76 240 @ 440O 345 @ 3200 8.5:1 4V

Notes: Horsepower and torque figures listed are net. GM published no gross ratings after l971 model year.
Base 307 and LS-3 "396" not available in California. Base V-8 for California was L-65 350.
The LS-3 "396" V-8's actual displacement was 402 cid.

Engine Suffix
CAY: 307ci, ce, mtCMB: 350ci, at, ce CAZ: 307ci, at, ce, pg
CMH: 350ci, ce, mtCBA: 250ci, ce, mt CRD: 350ci, ar, at
CBG: 250ci, mtCRG: 350ci, ar, mt CBJ: 250ci, pg
CRZ: 396ci, arCDA: 350ci, ce, mt CSD: 250ci, ce, pg
CDB: 350ci, at, cc CSZ: 396ci, ar, at CDD: 350ci, at, ce, 200hp/SS
CTA: 396ci, ar, mt, 240hp/SSCDG: 350ci, ce, mt, 200hp/SS CTB: 396ci, ar, at, 240hp/SS
CDL: 250ci, ar, pgCTK: 307ci, atCDM: 250ci, ar, mt
CTL: 350ci, atCKA: 350ci, mt CKB: 350ci, at
CKD: 350ci, at, 200hp/SSCKG: 307ci, mtCKH: 307ci, pg
CKK: 350ci, mt, 200hp/SSCKS: 350ci, mt, z CKT: 350ci, at, z
CLA: 396ci, mt, 240hp/SSCLB: 396ci, at, 240hp/SSCMA: 307ci, at, ce

Abbreviations: at = Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, ar = air injection reactor, ce = California emission controls, tb = two barrel carburetor, mt = manual transmission, pg = Powerglide automatic transmission, SS = super sport, Z = RPO Z28 special performance package.

1972 Drivetrains
    Base Base L-65 L-48 Z-28 LS-3
    250 307 350 350 350 396
3-and 4-spd. 1 2.85:1 2.85:1 2.54:1a 2.54:1 2.52:1 2.20:1
manual 2 1.68:1 1.68:1 1.50:1 1.80:1 1.88:1 1.64:1
Transmission 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.44:1 1.46:1 1.27:1
ratios 4 -- -- -- 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
  R 2.95:1 2.95:1 2.63:1 2.54:1 2.59:1 2.26:1
               
Clutch diam., in.   9.12 10.34 10.34 10.34 11.0 11.0
               
Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.42:1 3.73:1 3.42:1
  E
  P         4.10:1 --
               
    Base Base L-65 L-48 Z-28 LS-3
    250 307 350 350 350 396
Powerglide & 1 1.82:1 1.82:1a 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.48:1 2.48:1
Turbo Hydra- 2 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.48:1 1.48:1
Matic ratios 3 -- -- 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
  R 1.82:1 1.82:1 1.90:1 1.90:1 2.08:1 2.08:1
               
Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 2.73:1 3.08:1 3.73:1 3.42:1
  E
  P     3.42:1 -- 4.10:1
 

Three-speed manual available only with 250 and 307; 4-speed only with 350 and 396 V-8's.
a = Turbo Hydra-Matic with 2.52:1 low also available with 307 V-8.


Transmission Codes
Type Plant Code
3-Speed Muncie S
4-Speed (cast iron case) Muncie R
4-Speed (Aluminum case) Muncie P
Powerglide Cleveland C
Turbo Hydramatic 350 Cleveland B
Turbo Hydramatic 350 Toledo Y
Turbo Hydramatic 350 GM Canada J


Rear Axle Codes
CA 2.73:1 Locking   CK 3.42:1
CB 4.10:1   GX 3.08:1
CG 3.73:1   GY 3.08:1 Locking
CJ 3.42:1 Locking   GZ 2.73:1

1972 Factory Options
RPODescriptionQty Retail
12387 Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder 4,821 $2,729.70
12487 Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder 63,830 2,819.70
AK1 Belts, custom deluxe 8,475 14.50
AN6 Adjustable Seat Back, driver side 2,087 18.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 44,155 39.00
A02 Tinted Glass, windshield
A31 Power Windows
A51 Front bucket seat, non-reclining
B37Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear15,725 12.00
B93Guards, door edge 21,452 6.00
C08Vinyl Roof Cover 23,918 87.00
C24Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way 21,587 21.00
C50Defroster, rear window 7,018 31.00
C60Air Conditioning 31,738 397.00
D34Mirror, visor vanity 3,931 3.00
D35Mirror, left-hand remote control 28,965 15.00
D55Console 49,845 57.00
D80Spoilers, front and rear 5,954 77.00
F41Suspension, special purpose front and rear7,133 30.00
G80Positraction, rear axle 7,643 45.00
J50Power Brakes 29,271 46.00
J52Front disc brakes
LS3Engine, 396ci, 240hp Turbo-jet V8 (SS)970 96.00
L48 V8 Engine, 350 CID
L65Engine, 350ci, 165hp Turbo-Fire V8 27,009 26.00
M20Transmission, 4-speed wide range 4,127 200.00
M21Transmission, 4-speed close ratio 942 200.00
M22Transmission, 4-speed close ratio heavy-duty 767 231.00
M35Transmission, Powerglide automatic 4,462 174.00
M38 3-speed automatic transmission, 300 deluxe
M40Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic 7,302 210.00
NK4Steering Wheel, sport 5,758 15.00
N33Tilt Steering Column 3,706 44.00
N40 Power Steering 59,854 130.00
PL3E78-14-B tires - GB White lettering
PL4F70-14-B tires - GB White lettering
PM7F60-15-B tires - GB white lettering
PY4F70-14-B tires, white stripe
P01 Wheel trim cover
P02 Deluxe wheel trim cover
T60 Heavy Duty battery
U14 Instrument panel guage
U35 Electric Clock
U63 Radio, AM pushbutton 54,271 65.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM pushbutton 10,404 135.00
U76 Windshield antenna
U80 Speaker, rear seat 15,889 15.00
VF3 Bumpers, deluxe front and rear 2,449 36.00
V01 Radiator, heavy duty 3,057 14.00
YD1 Axle, trailering ratio 165 12.00
YF5 Emission Test, required for California 8,124 15.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 27,804 44.00
ZJ9 Auxiliary Lighting 5,309 17.50
ZP5 Appearance Guard Group (Includes B93, B37, D34)
ZQ9 Axle, performance ratio 652 12.00
Z21 Style Trim Group 22,477 56.00
Z22 Rally Sport Package 11,364 118.00
Z23 Interior Accent Group 18,064 21.00
Z27 Super Sport Package 6,562 306.35
Z28 Special Performance Package 2,575 769.15
Z87 Custom Interior 6,462 113.00

1972 Colors
Paint CodeExteriorVinyl Top StripesInteriors
11 Antique White B-Bk-Cv-G-P-T-W Bk B-Bk-Cv-&T-W
14 Pewter Silver Bk-G-P-W Bk-W Bk-G-T-W
24 Ascot Blue B-BK-W Bk-W B-BK-W
26 Mulsanne Blue Bk-W Bk-W B-BK-W
36 Spring Green Bk-W Bk-W Bk-W
43 Gulf Green BK-G-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-G-W
48 Sequoia Green Bk-Cv-G-P-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-G-T-W
50 Covert Tan Bk-Cv-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-G-T-W
53 Placer Gold Bk-Cv-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-W
56 CreamYellow Bk-Cv-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-T-W
57 Golden Brown Bk-Cv-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-T-W
63 Mohave Gold Bk-Cv-T-W Bk-W Bk-Cv-T-W
65 Flame Orange Bk-Cv-W Bk-W Bk-W
68 Midnight Bronze Bk-Cv-T-W W Bk-Cv-T-W
75 Cranberry Red Bk-W Bk-W Bk-W

1972 Vinyl Top Code
B = Black, D = Medium Blue, F = Medium Tan, G = Medium Green, J = White, T = Light Covert

Interior Codes: 775 = Bk/std, 776 = B/std, 777 = G/std, 778 = T/std, 779 = Cv/std, 780 = W/std, 785 = Bk/cc, 786 = Bbk/cc, 787 = Gbk/cc, 788 = Cvbk/cc.

Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bk = Black, Bbk = Blue with black trim, cc = custom cloth, Cv = Covert (light tan), Cvbk = Covert with black trim, G = Green, Gbk = Green with black trim, P = Pewter (silver), Std = standard, T = Tan, W = White.

1972 Spotters Guide & New Features
Put 1972 in a trash can and bury it. Due to a 174 day strike beginning on April 7, no cars left Norwood Ohio, which was the only plant producing the F-body. When the strike ended, 1100 partially completed cars were scrapped or donated to vocational schools since it would be too expensive to modify them to conform to stricker '73 bumper regulations. It is estimated that 39,000 camaros and firebirds weren't built, worth an estimated $125 Million to dealers. The Nova line was moved from Norwood to protect it from future "labor problems". The position of the F-body was precarious with serious talk about axing the whole model, shutting down the Norwood plant and writting it off. Pony car sales were down, the federal (emissions & safety) boot was coming down, the price of gas was up, insurance was up, the SS was zapped. IT WAS DUE TO PEOPLE LIKE US - powerful owner loyalty groups which helped sway GM to keep producing the F-body. IMO: If it came down to business economics the Camaro/Firebird would have died in 1972. Alas, it didn't... and the '72's got:


1972 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics

Spring Information

1972 Z21 Style Trim - Includes body colored insert on door handles, bright window, body, sill and hood panel mouldings plus bright accented parking lights, taillights and backup lights. (Included with Rally Sport option).

1972 Z22 Rally Sport - Includes special black painted grille with special rubber tipped vertical center bar and resilient body color grille frame; Independant LH and RH front bumpers replacing full width bumper; license plate bracket mounted below RH bumper; parking lights with bright accents mounted on grille panel; Hide-a-Way windshield wipers with black-chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; bright window, hood panel and body sill moldings; body colored insert on door handles; RS emblem on steering wheel; Rally Sport front fender nameplates; bright accented taillights and back-up lights. (RS emblems deleted with SS or Z28 option).

1972 Z23 Accent Group Interior - Includes glove compartment light, additional instrument cluster lighting, wood grained accents on instrument cluster and steering wheel (included in Custom Interior option).

1972 Z27 Super Sport - Includes 200-hp Turbo-Fire 350 engine and bright accents; heavy duty engine mounts and starter; dual exhaust; LH remote control mirror; power brakes, special ornamentation; special hood insulation; F70-14B bias belted ply white lettered tires, 14" x 7" wheels; black painted grille; hide-a-way windshield wipers with black chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; SS emblems on steering wheel, fenders, grille and rear deck (available with V8 only, available with 4-speed manual or automatic transmission only, optional engine is LS3 240 hp 396 - not available in California)
Total SS Production = 6562
L48/350 ci = 5592  LS3/402 ci = 970

Carburetor Part numbers       Distributor Part Numbers
350 ci - 7042203   350 ci - 1112095
350 ci w/at - 7042202   350 ci w/at - 1112049
350 ci w/NB2 - 7042903   350 ci w/at - 1112154
350 ci w/at & NB2 - 7042902   402 ci - 1112057
402 ci - 7042201   402 ci - 1112162
402 ci w/at - 7042200

1972 Z28 Special Performance Package
Engine: Net horsepower down to 255 from 275 in 1971. Torque dropped 20 ft./lb. Flex fan replaced viscous drive.

1972 Z28 Carburetor (780 cfm Holley)
A/T List 6238-1 GM # 3997788
4 spd List 6239-1 GM # 3999263

Casting # GM P/NDescription
Block (CKS) M/T
Block (CKT) A/T
Crank
Heads
Cam
Pistons
Intake3959594
Exhaust 3989041 Left Manifold
Exhaust 3986330 Right Manifold
Distributor
(Accessories)

Transmission & Clutch Mandatory choice of Muncie 4-speeds with 11 inch clutch, with special 2400-rpm-stall torque converter Turbo Hydra-Matic optional. (Unchanged since 1970.)

Rear Axle GM 10 bolt, 3.73:1 ratio standard, Positraction optional. (Unchanged from 1971)

Brakes 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (Unchanged since 1970)

Front Suspension: Z-28 anti-roll bar 1.0-inch diameter instead of standard 0.6875-inch unit. (Unchanged since 1970)
Rear Suspension: Revised rear stabilizer bar and rear shock valving.
Steering: Power steering had straight 16:1 ratio and was revalved to give more road feel.
Part  GM P/N Description
Steering Gear   
Valve    
Pitman Arm  3964877  Manual Steering
Pitman Arm  3964881  Power Steering
Front Swaybar 3984557  1.00" dia.
Rear Swaybar  481471  0.688" dia.
Rear Swaybar  3983085  0.688" dia.
 Part #  Code Specs
Front Spring  3982345   EJ
Front Spring  3982346   EN
Front Spring  3982347   EO
Front Spring  3996362   w/o CAC
Front Spring  3996364   w/ CAC
Rear Spring  481992   PK 125 lb/inch
Rear Spring  480881   125 lb/inch

Wheels & Tires: 15 x 7 steel wheels painted dull grey with bright lugnuts, center caps with blue bow-tie and trim rings,
Wheel Code: AU, Part #: 3983045, Center cap part #: 3989479, Trim Ring part #: 3984524.
F60-15 fiberglass-belted white letter tires standard. (unchanged from & identical to 1970)

Other Options, equipment, facts: Chrome tailpipe tips eliminated. Revised grille. Rear deck spoiler and fast-ratio non power steering made optional instead of standard. Spoiler COPO 9796 renumbered RPO D80, and front air dam added to now optional D-80 spoiler. Hood and deck striping became a delete option.

Total Production: 2575

1972 Z87 Custom Interior - Includes deluxe seat and sidewall trim; glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting; wood grained accents on instrument cluster, steering wheel and door trim panels; luggage compartment mat plus special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (with cloth or vinyl seats).


Last updated: 5/10/1998
Author: MadMike Maciolek
Email: iracez28@stc.net
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