1972 Charger - High-Impact Restoration

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In the early 1970s, the American muscle car had entered a dark time. The Clean Air Act of 1970 caused manufacturers to add smog controls to their vehicles, leading to reduced horsepower and a move toward smaller-displacement engines. Then, in 1973, the OPEC oil embargo caused fuel prices to skyrocket, and made supplying thirsty big-blocks a difficult task.

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Fortunately for us, there was still hope. Cars like Dan Hargrove's 1972 Charger reminds us that muscle cars lived on, and we're proud to see them on the roads today. Despite all the setbacks and restrictions, many of us—Dan included—refused to give up on the muscle car.

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Dan purchased this '72 Charger several years ago, and spent over 3 years restoring it himself. He tells us he chose the 1972 model because his dad owned one of the same vintage, and he and Dan used to take it to the track together back in the day. These fond memories made the Charger an easy choice for a restoration project.

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Dan's Charger is painted in the eye-catching Top Banana Yellow, one of only two remaining High-Impact color offerings for 1972 (the other choice would have been Hemi Orange). Matte black accents such as the hood, chin spoiler, R/T-style tail stripe, and Go Wing provide an appealing contrast.

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The car's raked stance, side-exit exhaust, and deep-dish Cragar S/S wheels give the car a proper muscular feel. Under the hood, there's a mildly-built 360ci V8 with a four-barrel carb, as well as a 904 automatic transmission.

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Dan tells us he always enjoys driving the Charger around his hometown of Fountain Valley, California, both for the looks it gets and the childhood memories it brings back. We're just happy to see a fast, loud, rowdy muscle car that has survived through the late-1970s dark ages and lives on as a classic.

If you have a classic Dodge A-, B-, or E-Body model that needs restoration, check out the free Classic Industries Mopar parts catalog by clicking the button below.


3 thoughts on “1972 Charger - High-Impact Restoration

  1. There is I believe, a rusting '68 or '69 ..318 Challenger under a tree with a destroyed interior. Is such a car restorable or should it be rescued and restored? The body and glass look intact and it seems to have an engine. But, the metal is very rusted. Do you sell whatever is needed in order to restore such a car to original? Thank you for any help.


    • Hi Ken, good question.

      We can't tell you if the car is restorable, or if it would be financially profitable to restore, but as they say "if there's a will, there's a way". We offer thousands of restoration parts for the Dodge Challenger, including rust treatment products, new sheet metal panels, and interior components. Please check out our free Mopar restoration parts catalog by clicking the button above. It should give you a good idea of what parts might cost to repair and rescue the Challenger. Of course, you'll either need to perform the labor yourself or pay a shop to do the work, so factor that into your budget as well.

      Thank you for your message, and good luck! If you do decide to restore the car, please send us photos. We'd love to see how it turns out.

  2. I just bought my 92 yr old neighbors 72 polara. It's mint! Always garaged. Not a muscle car, but no smog either. There's no electric anything. The drivers Manuel states, an option for electric seats. There's no lever to adjust the seat back. So wouldnt need electric, just the seats that recline. Theres a middle arm rest that makes the front seats look like buckets.
    Any ideas on finding seat/s that would work. Wouldn't need polara, could be Monaco..
    I'm changing the engine to an LS 3. So nothing's OEM.

    Thanks for any help,

    Chuck Frederick

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