Classic Car Restoration: 1972 Chevy Chevelle

The 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle is a classic car enthusiast top pick for restorations with TNS Auto of Ventura.

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Fun Facts about the ’72 Chevelle:
Base versions of the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle and Chevrolet Malibu series were again called Chevelles and included a four-model wagon series. Upscale versions were Malibus and were the home to the convertible models.

More than 24,000 Malibu Sport Sedans were built, with a standard 307-cubic-inch V-8 rated at 130 (net) horsepower. With that V-8, a Malibu Sport Coupe, the top seller by far in the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle and Chevrolet Malibu series, started at $2,923. The six-cylinder version ran $90 less.

Chevelles sold in California could not get the 307 V-8 but carried a 350-cubic-inch engine instead. Through the 1970s, California cars often had different powertrains than those marketed in states with less-stringent emissions regulations.

Chevelles wore single-unit parking/side marker lights on their front fenders, outside of a revised twin-bar grille. All Malibus had concealed wipers. Super Sport equipment could now be ordered with any V-8 engine, including the base 307-cubic-inch version.

Powertrain options in­cluded the 175-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8 and 240-horsepower 402-cubic-inch (still known as a 396), as well as a 454 that managed to eke out 270 horsepower under the net rating system.

Chevelle wagons measured 10 inches shorter than full-size wagons and weighed about half a ton less, but sold much slower. Americans obviously still liked their big cars. Model-year output totaled 49,352 Chevelles and 290,008 Malibus — plus 54,335 station wagons.

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~ by autobodyventura on May 22, 2013.

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