1972 Ford Mustang

1972 FORD MUSTANG GETS MINOR CHANGES
The ’72 model carried over virtually unchanged from 1971, other than the typical minor trim and detail changes. There was now a “Fasten Seat Belt” warning lamp on the passenger side of the dash panel. The new “Decor Group” option package included a 2-tone paint scheme, urethane bumpers and the honeycomb front grille with driving lights from the Mach 1/Boss 351. This Decor Group was not available on fastbacks.

1972 Ford Mustang MACH 1 FASTBACK


1972 FORD MUSTANG AT THE END OF AN ERA
The Classic Muscle Car Era was over, having been killed by rising insurance costs, government regulation and fears about gas shortages. Ford, like everyone else, was trying to deal with this and stay ahead of it, working with an inventory of engines and cars that were designed for an era of ever-increasing performance. Now these engines had to be detuned, their compression ratios reduced to be able to live on low-octane, low-lead gas. 1972 was the last year that the Mustang had truly special engines that could only be ordered on high performance models like the GT or Mach 1. By mid-year, the top engine, a detuned Boss 351, could be ordered on any model.

1972 Ford Mustang INTERIORS

1972 FORD MUSTANG SPECIAL EDITIONS
There was a special limited commemorative Olympic Sprint Edition available in Hardtop and Sportroof (fastback) only. It had white paint with light blue accents and the USA shield decals on the rear quarters. They were available between March and June of that year to honor the US team at the Olympics. 50 more were produced in convertible exclusively for the 1972 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC.

1972 Ford Mustang ENGINES

351 WINDSOR V8 (351W)

1972 FORD MUSTANG R-CODE
Through all this bloodletting, Ford managed to sneak out 398 special Mustangs with a drag-racing oriented R-code 351HO. They all came with 4-speed top-loader transmissions, competition N-case rear ends, and an air conditioning delete. They also came with the first full-time cold-air induction system ever factory installed on a Mustang.

1972 Ford Mustang PRODUCTION NUMBERS

BODY STYLE   

Total Production

    1972 Ford Mustang

    Mustang Grande

    Mustang Mach 1

Price when new

    6-cyl Mustang

    6-cyl Grande

    V8 Mustang

    V8 Grande

    Mach 1

  HARDTOP 


57,350

18,075



$2,679

$2,865

$2,766

$2,952


  SPORTROOF  


15,622


27,675


$2,736


$2,823


$3,003

  CONVERTIBLE  


6,121




$2,965


$3,051



1972 Ford Mustang SPECIFICATIONS

BODY STYLE   

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Height

Track, front

Track, rear

Weight

ENGINE OPTIONS

302ci OHV V8

351ci OHV V8

351ci OHV V8

351ci "HO" V8

PERFORMANCE

141hp 302 V8 1X2bbl

177hp 351 V8 1X2bbl

266hp 351 V8 1X4bbl

275hp 351 HO V8

2-dr HARDTOP

109.0 in / 2769 mm

189.5 in / 4813 mm

74.1 in / 1882 mm

50.1 in / 1273 mm

61.5 in / 1562 mm

61.0 in / 1549 mm

3,197 lbs / 1461 kg


1X Motorcraft 2bbl

1X Motorcraft 2bbl

1X Motorcraft 4bbl

1X  4bbl


Zero-to-60: 9.4 sec

Zero-to-60: 9.0 sec

Zerio-to-60: 6.0 sec

Zero-to-60: 5.9 sec 

2-dr SPORTROOF

109.0 in / 2769 mm

189.5 in / 4813 mm

74.1 in / 1882 mm

50.1 in / 1273 mm

61.5 in / 1562 mm

61.0 in / 1549 mm

3,197 lbs / 1461 kg


(net) 141 hp @ 4000 rpm

(net) 177 hp @ 4000 rpm

(net) 266 hp @ 5400 rpm

(net) 275 hp @ 5400 rpm


1/4-mile: 17.4 sec

1/4-mile: 17.1 sec

1/4-mile: 14.6 sec 

1/4-mile: 14.6 sec

2-dr CONVERTIBLE

109.0 in / 2769 mm

189.5 in / 4813 mm

74.1 in / 1882 mm

50.1 in / 1273 mm

61.5 in / 1562 mm

61.0 in / 1549 mm

3,197 lbs / 1461 kg


243 lb/ft @ 2000 rpm

284 lb/ft @ 2000 rpm

301 lb/ft @ 3600 rpm

286 lb/ft @ 3800 rpm


@ 79 mph

@ 84 mph

@ 96 mph

@ 96 mph


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