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1972 Facts and Interesting Notes

New Honeycomb Grille Insert

he 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.
Cordova Top
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.