1972 Firebird Interesting Facts
New Honeycomb Grille Insert
The easiest way to tell a 1972 Firebird or Trans Am from the 1970 to 1973
models is by the honeycomb grille insert. This grille was used
this one year only and was designed to match the theme of the Pontiac
honeycomb wheels that were optional on the Firebird line.
New Plastic Valance Panel
The plastic valance panel debuted on the 1972 Firebird and differed from
the metal ones of 1970 and 1971. You can tell the plastic units by
the lower lip "spoiler" and the fact that the intake holes are fully
surrounded by material versus the notched out look of the earlier
versions. Many 1972 Firebirds did receive the previous years metal
valances as service replacements since the plastic units were not very
durable. The plastic valance is correct for factory built Firebirds.
The Cordova Top (SVT/C08) received a new wet look this year.
The First Red Trans Am
One red Trans Am was reportedly built for the president of SCCA
racing in 1972. Pontiac wanted to provide a Trans Am for the
president's use but was turned down because the president only drover
red cars. The car still exists and was sold a few years ago.
This car appreared in Gary Witzenburg' book, Firebird, America's
Premier Performance Car in 1982.
Special Order Colors
In 1972 you could order your Firebird or Trans Am in non-standard colors, that is colors that were
not shown as available on Firebird. Any color available in the GM color pallette was made available.
In the last few years some Trans Ams have been discovered
in non-standard colors. Four Trans Ams have been found and confirmed to be one off: the aforementioned Cardinal Red, another in Adriatic Blue,
one in Starlight Black (the first black Trans Am!), and one in Revere Silver. One Formula has been discovered as well. A special
order color car can be identified by the Trim Tag that will have dashes where the numeric color code should be.
Examples shown on this page consist of scanned images or reproduction artwork that can not be faithfully reproduced on a computer screen. Illustrations are for example only. Consult with your vendors offerring reproduction
parts for their historical accuracy.