1972 PONTIAC GTO

 

PRODUCTION

2dr Coupe

134

2dr Hardtop

5,673

2dr Convertible

1

4dr Wagon

3

TOTAL

5,811

 

 

 

 

PRODUCTION BY ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

COUPE

400 c.i. 250hp manual trans

59

400 c.i. 250hp auto trans

60

455 c.i. 300hp auto trans

5

455 c.i. 300hp manual trans (HO)

3

455 c.i. 300hp auto trans(HO)

7

TOTAL

134

 

 

 

 

HARDTOP

400 c.i. 250hp manual trans

1,519

400 c.i. 250hp auto trans

3,284

455 c.i. 300hp auto trans

235

455 c.i. 300hp manual trans(HO)

310

455 c.i. 300hp auto trans(HO)

325

TOTAL

5,673

 

 

CONVERTIBLE

455 c.i. 300hp(HO)

1

 

 

The GTO reverted back to an option package on the LeMans in 1972 due to continuing poor sales. It was available on the 2dr hardtop coupe and according to The GTO Club of America there is one convertible and four GTO wagons known to exist.

The GTO's front-end styling combined elements of the 1970 model with the 1971 as the grille was recessed. An egg crate pattern was used on the 1972 grille and it was painted black. On the left grille opening was the familiar GTO nameplate. The Endura bumper was also available on the LeMans however the grille was painted grey and used a Pontiac nameplate. On the side, there was a functional air extractor vent behind the front wheelwells. The hood was the same one used in 1971.

The rear wing was still on the option list. A rear deck ducktail spoiler was scheduled to be released with the GTO, but only a small number were ever installed.

In addition to the front GTO nameplate, there were GTO decals located on the rear fenders, and on the rear right of the deck lid. If the GTO was equipped with the 455 HO engine, an additional 455 HO decal was located beneath the larger GTO decal. Decals were available in black or white, depending on body color. Some 455 HO equipped GTOs may not have had the 455 HO decal on the deck lid, while some deck lids also had a Pontiac emblem located in the center.

1972 GTOs came with side exhaust splitters exiting behind the rear wheelwells. These were mounted horizontally rather than vertically.

In the interior, the standard setup was the regular LeMans interior which could be upgraded to LeMans Sport status. Above the glove box door, the word Pontiac is embossed into the dash pad. Other changes included the substitution of an 120mph speedometer over the 140mph unit used in 1971.

The standard steering wheel was a color-keyed two spoke unit. Optional was the Formula steering wheel. Most of the Formula wheels used on 1972 GTOs came with a solid Pontiac Crest in the center whereas late 1972 steering wheels had an outlined crest.

Only three engines were available--the 400 c.i. V-8 rated at 250hp and the optional 455 and 455 H.O. rated at 250 and 300hp. The three speed manual was standard with the 400 while the 455 was available only with the three-speed automatic. The 455 H.O. could be had with either the four speed manual or automatic.

Wheels are also a carryover from 1972. The Honeycomb wheel came with a different center cap that had a red Pontiac crest in the center.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Wheelbase

112"

Track f/r

59"/59"

Height

52"

Width

77.7"

Length

203.3"

Weight

3510

 

 

ENGINES

400 c.i. V-8 4V

C.R

8.2:1

Horsepower

250@4400 net

Torque

325@3200 net

 

 

455 c.i. V-8 4V

C.R.

8.2:1

Horsepower

250@3700 net

Torque

325@2400 net

 

 

455 c.i. V-8 4V H.O.

C.R

8.4:1

Horsepower

300@4000 net

Torque

415@3200 net

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