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1972 Dodge Charger
1972 Dodge Charger

1972 Dodge Charger

Again in 1972, the Charger was considered an intermediate model. In 1971, all two-door Coronets became Chargers. It's the same for 1972— if you want a two-door Coronet, you buy the Charger. Charger coupes and two-door hardtops now span a 115-inch wheelbase, as against 118 for Coronet sedans and wagons. Sheet- metal differences distinguish the Charger and leave it looking quite a bit flashier and more sporting than the Coronet.

Dodge dropped the Super Bee and 500 models and a new Rallye model was added. The Charger SE was still the top Charger and the Rallye was the high performance model. You could still get the 440-cid "Six Pack" but only on the Rallye. The Rallye had all the standard Charger equipment plus front and rear sway bars, F70-14 white sidewall tires, special instrumentation, louvered taillights, and different exterior badging.

The Charger came with Chrysler's economical slant Six as basic standard equipment, however most were ordered with the two barrel 318-c.i.d. V8 which averaged between 14 and 17 mpg.


Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Charger - Six-Cyl
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,652 3,245 lbs Note 1
WL 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,913 3,260 lbs Note 2
Charger - V-8
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,759 3,318 lbs Note 1
WL 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,020 3,325 lbs Note 2
Charger SE
WH 23 2 Dr SE Hardtop $3,249 3,325 lbs 22,430

Notes:

  1. The combined production of Models WL21 was 7,803.
  2. The combined production of Models WL23 was 45,361.
  3. Additional Charger R/T Information: The "440 Six-Pak" was installed into 2 hardtops but more may exist.

Chassis Specifications

From 1966 to 1974, the Charger was based on the Chrysler B platform.

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Charger 6-Cyl/V-8 115 in 205.4 in 76.9 in 59.7 in 61.6 in E78 x 14
Charger Rallye 115 in 205.4 in 76.9 in 59.7 in 61.6 in F70 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

Options & Accessories

Description Description
340-cid 4 BC V-8 Power Steering
400-cid 2 BC V-8 Power Windows
400-cid 4 BC V-8 AM Radio
440-cid 4 BC V-8 Multiplex AM/FM Stereo
440-cid "Six Pack" Rear Speaker
4-Speed Manual Transmission Hood Tie Down Pins
TorqueFlite Transmission Chrome Dual Exhaust Tips
Vinyl Bucket Seats Body Side Tape Stripe
Air Conditioning Rear Tape Stripe
Tinted Glass Sill Moulding
Cigarette Lighter "TUFF" Steering Wheel
Electric Clock Full Vinyl Roof
Console Canopy Vinyl Roof
Center Armrest & Cushion Deluxe Wheel Covers
Rear Window Defogger Wire Wheel Covers
Instrument Panel Mounted Hood Release Rallye Wheels
Headlight "ON" Warning Buzzer Road Wheels
Rim Blow Tilt Steering Wheel White Sidewall Tires
Inside Day/Night Mirror Raised White Letter Tires
Sun Roof Track-Pac Package
Tachometer Performance Axle Package
Upper Level Fresh Air Ventilation Sure Grip Differential
Bumper Guards Trailer Towing Package
Door Edge Protectors Light Group
Variable Speed Windshield Wipers E-Z Order Package
Undercoating & Hood Insulator Pad Deluxe Package
Power Front Disc Brakes Brougham Package

Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - Right front of block, below cylinder head. Small-Block V-8 - Left front of block, below cylinder head. Big-Block V-8 - Left rear of block, near oil pan flange.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
B 6-198 100 160 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
C 6-225 110 185 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
E 6-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual Not Available
G 8-318 150 265 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 240 295 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
K 8-360 175 285 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
M 8-400 190 310 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
P 8-400 * 255 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
T 8-440 225 345 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
U 8-440 * 280 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
V 8-440 330 410 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
Z 8-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual Not Available

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
3515868 TorqueFlite
3515871 TorqueFlite
3515873 TorqueFlite
3681051 TorqueFlite
3681052 TorqueFlite
3681053 TorqueFlite
3681054 TorqueFlite
3681055 TorqueFlite
3681056 TorqueFlite
3681057 TorqueFlite
3681061 TorqueFlite
3681063 TorqueFlite

Axle Decoding

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.

Note:Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

Charger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-340 8-400 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.45               x    
2.71       x     x x    
2.76     x x     x x    
2.94   x   x       x    
3.21   x   x            
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x
3.54                 x  
3.55   x   x x   x x x  
4.10                 x  

Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1972 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first Paint Code identifies the roof or accent color. The second Paint Code identifies the body color. (For example, the combination W1-B5 on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in White and the body is finished in Bright Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing, the fender side shield, or the radiator yoke.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A4 - Light Gunmetal Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5245L
"Centari" Code - 5245A
Dulux® Code - 5245D

T6 - Medium Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5421L
"Centari" Code - 5421A
Dulux® Code - 5421D

A9 - Dark Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4980L
"Centari" Code - 4980A
Dulux® Code - 4980D

T8 - Dark Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5422L
"Centari" Code - 5422A
Dulux® Code - 5422D

B1 - Light Blue
Lucite® Code - 5411L
"Centari" Code - 5411A
Dulux® Code - 5411D

V2 - Hemi Orange
Lucite® Code - 5067LH
"Centari" Code - 5067A
Dulux® Code - 5067DH

B3 - Super Blue
Lucite® Code - 5351L
"Centari" Code - 5351A
Dulux® Code - 5351D
W1 - White
Lucite® Code - 4996L
"Centari" Code - 4996A
Dulux® Code - 4996D

B5 - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5251L
"Centari" Code - 5251A
Dulux® Code - 5251D

X9 - Black
Lucite® Code - 99L
"Centari" Code - 99A 
Dulux® Code - 93-005

B7 - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5249L
"Centari" Code - 5249A
Dulux® Code - 5249D

Y1 - Top Banana
Lucite® Code - 5180L
"Centari" Code - 5180A
Dulux® Code - 5180D
E5 - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 5092L
"Centari" Code - 5092A
Dulux® Code - 5092D
Y2 - Yellow
Lucite® Code - 5410L
"Centari" Code - 5410A
Dulux® Code - 5410D
F3 - Light Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5254L
"Centari" Code - 5254A
Dulux® Code - 5254D
Y4 - Gold
Lucite® Code - 5263L
"Centari" Code - 5263A
Dulux® Code - 5263D
F7 - Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5255L
"Centari" Code - 5255A
Dulux® Code - 5255D
Y8 - Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5309LH
"Centari" Code - 5309AM
Dulux® Code - 5309DH
L4 - Parchment
Lucite® Code - 5415L
"Centari" Code - 5415A
Dulux® Code - 5415D
Y9 - Dark Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5266L
"Centari" Code - 5266A
Dulux® Code - 5266D
Q5 - Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5268LH
"Centari" Code - 5268A
Dulux® Code - 5268D
 

Striping Colors

Color Name Code Color Name
Light Bright Blue 99L Black
Light Bright Green 4996L White
Light Gold  

 

  • 1972 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
White
Lucite® Code - 9845L (satin)
Dark Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9846LH (satin)
Lucite® Code - 5255L (semi-gloss)
Medium Tan
Lucite® Code - 9937L (satin)
Lucite® Code - 5421L (semi-gloss)
Dark Green
Lucite® Code - 9934L (satin)
Light Parchment
Lucite® Code - 9935L (satin)
Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9932L (satin)
Lucite® Code - 5251L (semi-gloss)
Dark Parchment
Lucite® Code - 9936L (satin)
Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9933L (satin)
Light Gold
Lucite® Code - 9847L (satin)
Lucite® Code - 5263L (semi-gloss)
Black
Lucite® Code - 9844 (satin)
Lucite® Code - 99L (semi-gloss)
Light Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9837L (satin)
 

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 


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