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For the 1972 model year, the C3 Corvette gained a few extras while also serving as the last year for some notable, distinguishing features. This was the final year for the shiny chrome bumpers that had adorned the C3 Corvette, for instance. If you need a replacement for your 1972 chrome bumper, however, due to wear and tear, CorvetteMods.com stocks the C3 front chrome bumper and hardware, including mounting bolts, braces, rods, brackets, license hardware, bezels and shims.
That same year also was the final one for the vacuum-activated pop-up windshield wiper door and the removable rear window that had been a notable innovation in C3 coupes in 1968.
For 1972, the Corvette lost its transistorized ignition. Meanwhile, the optic fiber warning light system gave way to a standard key-activated burglar alarm system complete with honking horn.
Another big change in 19272 came in perceptions, when Corvette adopted the increasingly widespread industry practice of labeling horsepower output by SAE net ratings rather than SAE gross ratings. The standard 350 cubic inch small block tied to a four-speed manual transmission now had a rating of only 200 horsepower, down from 270 horsepower, while optional engine choices saw similar declines in rated horsepower output. The LT-1 fell to 255 horsepower, while the LS5 big block engine decreased to 270 horsepower.
The LT-1 was now available with an air conditioning option, but that apparently wasn't enough to save it from the end of its run. The year 1972 was the last for the LT-1, with a total of 1,741 made. No 1972 LS5s were sold in California due to that state's increasingly stiff smog regulations and the LS5's inability to meet them.