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1972 Mustang General Information

The 1972 Mustang remains relatively unchanged from its older 1971 sibling except for a few cosmetic changes. Most body panels and parts are interchangeable between the 2 years.

Exterior changes:

The decor Group added the honeycomb grille found on the Mach 1 and the sports lamps. In addition, they got the color matching rubberized front bumper, some front hood moldings that were color keyed, as well as front fender color matching moldings. The wheels got a trim ring and center hub cap. The lower body received a paint treatment.

On all regular models the rear deck lid got a script Mustang emblem that attached to the right hand side. The rocker panels as well as each wheel well got a chrome trim piece.

Mechanical changes:

The standard engine was the 250 CID inline six. The base V-8 was the 302 CID and that could be upgraded to a 351 CID 2bbl and then a 4bbl engine. For a short while the 351HO engine was offered. This engine was a low compression Boss 351 engine.

If you ordered the HO package, the only transmission available was the 4 speed top loader. The axle was equipped with a 3.91:1 traction lock differential. Additionally the car received dual exhaust, an electronic rev limiter, power front disc brakes, rear drum brakes and a special handling suspension.

Vehicle Identification Guide

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Courtesy of 7173Mustangs Member: cobra3073

1972 Mustang Production Data

Body Style # Produced
63D 2 Door Fastback 15,622
65D 2 Door Hardtop 57,350
76C Convertible 6,121
63R Mach 1 27,675
65F 2 Door Grande 18,045
Total 125,093

1972 Mustang Data Plate Decoder

Mustang Data Plate

Deciphering Veh Ident Numbers for the 1972 Mustang

2 F 05 C 1 0 0 2 0 0
Year 1972 Assembly Plant Body Code Engine Code

Consecutive Unit Number

Model Year
Code Description
2 1972

Assembly Plant
Code Description
F Dearborn
R San Jose
T Metuchen

Body Serial Code
Code Description
01 Hardtop
02 Sportsroof
03 Convertible
04 Grande
05 Mach 1

Engine Code
Code Description
F 302-2V
H 351-2V
L 250-1V
Q 351-4V aka Cobra Jet or CJ
R 351-4V HO

Body Style Code
Code Description Code Description
63D
Sportsroof, w/ Standard Interior, Buckets
63R
Mach 1, Buckets
65D
Coupe w/ Standard Interior, Buckets
65F
Grande, Buckets
76D
Convertible w/ Standard Int., Buckets
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Exterior Paint Code
Code
Description
Code
Description
Code
Description
A or 9A
Wimbledon White
B or 2B
Bright Red
C or 6C
Med. Yellow Gold
E or 4E
Bright Lime
F or 3F
Grabber Blue
H or 5H
Med. Brown Met.
J, 3J, J9
Bright Blue Met.
P or 4P
Med. Green Met.
Q or 4Q
Dark Green Met.
2 or 2J
Maroon
3 or 3B
Light Blue
4 or 4F
Med. Lime Met.
5 or 5A
Lt. Pewter Met.
6 or 6E
Med. Bright Yellow
6F
Gold Glow
4C
Ivy Glow
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Interior Trim Code
Code Description Code Description
1A
Black, all Vinyl
1B
Med. Blue, all Vinyl
1E
Vermillion, all Vinyl
1F
Med. Ginger, all Vinyl
1R
Med. Green, all Vinyl
1W
White, all Vinyl
2B
Med. Blue, Cloth and Vinyl
2E
Vermillion, Cloth and Vinyl
2F
Med. Ginger, Cloth and Vinyl
2R
Med. Green, Cloth and Vinyl
4A
Black, Cloth and Vinyl
4B
Med. Blue, Cloth and Vinyl
4E
Vermillion, Cloth and Vinyl
4F
Med. Ginger, Cloth and Vinyl
4R
Med. Green, Cloth and Vinyl
5A
Black, Knitted Vinyl
5B
Med. Blue, Knitted Vinyl
5E
Vermillion, Knitted Vinyl
5F
Med. Ginger, Knitted Vinyl
5R
Med. Green, Knitted Vinyl
5W
White, Knitted Vinyl
CA
Black, Knitted Vinyl
CB
Med. Blue, Knitted Vinyl
CE
Vermillion, Knitted Vinyl
CF
Med. Ginger, Knitted Vinyl
CR
Med. Green, Knitted Vinyl
CW
White, Knitted Vinyl
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Axle Ratio Code
Code Description Code Description
2
2.75:1 Standard Differential
3
2.79:1 Standard Differential
4
2.80:1 Standard Differential
6
3.00:1 Standard Differential
8
3.18:1 Standard Differential
9
3.25:1 Standard Differential
A
3.50:1 Standard Differential
B
3.07:1 Standard Differential
C
3.55:1 Standard Differential
H
3.78:1 Standard Differential
K
2.75:1 Locking Differential
M
2.80:1 Locking Differential
O or 0
3.00:1 Locking Differential
R
3.25:1 Locking Differential
S
3.50:1 Locking Differential
V
3.91:1 Locking Differential
NOTE: L-Code Rear Axle (2.79:1 Locking axle) became available on May 15, 1972. It was not available at the beginning of the production period

Transmission Code
Code Description
1 3 Speed Manual
5 4 Speed Manual
E 4 Speed Manual
Z C-6 Automatic
W C-4 Automatic
X FMX Automatic

District (DSO) Code
Code Description Code Description Code Description
11 Boston 12 Buffalo 13 New York
14 Pittsburgh 15 Newark 21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte 23 Philadelphia 24 Jacksonville
25 Richmond 26 Washington 31 Cincinnati
32 Cleveland 33 Detroit 34 Indianapolis
35 Lansing 36 Louisville 41 Chicago
42 Fargo 43 Rockford 44 Twin Cities
45 Davenport 51 Denver 52 Dallas
53 Kansas City 54 Omaha 55 St. Louis
61 Dallas 62 Houston 63 Memphis
64 New Orleans 65 Oklahoma City 71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose 73 Salt Lake City 74 Seattle
81 Ford of Canada 83 Government 84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross 89 Transportation Services 90-99 Export




Consecutive Unit Number
Each plant started each year with number 100,001. The Ford, Mustang, Torino, T-Bird, and Maverick were all numbered together, regardless of model or type.

Fluid Capacities

Model Engine Oil Transmission (pts to add after draining) Axle Gas tank Cooling system
3 Spd 4 Spd Auto Qt. w/ heater with AC
6 - 250 4.5 3.5 - 18 4 19.5 11 11
8 - 302 5 3.5 - 18 4 19.5 15 15.5
8 - 351 5 3.5 4 22 5 19.5 16 16