The 1972 Corvette marked many “lasts” for the Vette.
Last to have chrome bumpers front and rear
Last to offer air conditioning with a solid lifter engine
Last to have a removable rear window
Last to have the hidden windshield wiper feature
Last to have a metal grille
The horsepower ratings dropped in 1971 (mostly due to terminology) but was a signal that the Corvette was on its way down as a high powered sports car. The gas crunch of the 1970’s was just around the corner as well as pollution controls.
In my opinion, 1972 was one of the last years of the performance era of the Corvette (at least for a decade or more). I am partial to the classics anyway.
After finally finding my “perfect” car, I decided to start performing a frame-on restoration. I’m not interested in NCRS judging. I want a car that is fun to drive but still close to original.
This website will document my restoration process.