When Chevrolet introduced the 1972 Corvette for the fifth year of C3 production, the basic car remained essentially unchanged from the previous year, still built on a full-length welded and boxed steel ladder frame with five crossmembers and a 98-inch wheelbase. Independent suspension and vented disc brakes could be found on all four corners, while other standard features included a Positraction rear end, all-vinyl upholstery and flow-through ventilation. One new addition to the car’s basic equipment was an anti-theft alarm system, as thieves continued to target Corvettes.
The total build of 27,004 1972 Corvettes was split between 20,496 coupes and 6,508 convertibles, and for the first time automatic transmissions outnumbered manuals, 54 percent to 46 percent. Base price for the coupe was $5,533, while the convertible came in a bit lower at $5,296.
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