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1972 Dodge Challenger
The 1972 Challenger could be ordered with 2 different body styles.

1972 Dodge Challenger

For 1972, Dodge redesigned the Challenger. It was still basically the same body but with a different look. The grille and taillights were probably the most noticeable of all the changes. The taillights were now divided individually and separated. The headlights were separated from the single opening grille. The Challenger could only be order with two body style now with the convertible being deleted. The Challenger Rallye was the high-performance option and came with a 318-cid V-8 standard. It had side scoops behind the front wheels and strobe-type stripes that ran the full length of the car.


1972 Dodge Challenger Specification and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Challenger Series - Six-Cyl
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,790 3,070 lbs Note 1
Challenger Series - V-8
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,902 3,125 lbs Note 1
JS 23 2 Dr Rallye Hardtop $3,082 3,225 lbs 8,123


  1. Combined Total - 18,535

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Challenger 110 in 191.3 in 76.4 in 59.7 in 61.6 in 7.35 x 14
Challenger Rallye 110 in 191.3 in 76.4 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


1972 Dodge Challenger Options

Description Description
225-cid/145-hp Slant Six Tinted Windows (all glass)
340-cid/240-hp V-8 Tinted Windshield
TorqueFlite Transmission Two-Tone Paint
4-Speed Manual Transmission Music Master AM Radio
Power Steering Multiplex AM/FM Stereo Radio
Power Disc Brakes Music Master w/ Stereo Tape Cassette
Power Drum Brakes Simulated Wood Grain Sport Steering Wheel
Power Seats Electric Clock
Air Conditioning Front Center Console
Rear Window Defogger Bumper Guards
Bright Outside Mirrors Inside Hood Release
Racing Outside Mirrors Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
Sure Grip Differential Rallye Suspension
Sill Moldings Rallye Instrument Cluster
Door Edge Protectors Vinyl Roof
Sun Roof Deluxe Wheel Covers
White Sidewall Tires Rallye Wheels
Raised White Letter Tires Road Wheels
Light Package E-Z Order Package
Axle Performance Package Rallye 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.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
C 6-225 110 185 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
G 8-318 150 265 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 240 295 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

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.

Challenger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-340
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.76   x   x    
3.23 x x x x x x
3.55         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
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)
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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