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 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.