For 1972, the Dodge Charger continued virtually unchanged following its major restyling for 1971. With its sophisticated “fuselage” styling, the Charger now emphasized personal luxury over sheer high performance. Accordingly, the prior 500 Series, which included the Super Bee sub-variant, as well as the upscale R/T series, were replaced by the Charger Rallye, which was mostly an appearance and handling package. The top-level offering was the luxurious SE or Special Edition variant.
While the venerable “Slant Six” was standard equipment, the Charger was also available with engine choices ranging from the 318 V8 through the 440-cubic inch “Magnum” V8. Street performance declined in step with the rest of the performance cars from the “Big Three,” but the Charger utterly dominated NASCAR racing in 1972, aided by its wind-cheating body design. En route to his fourth NASCAR championship in 1972, Richard Petty drove his racing Charger to eight victories, 25 top five finishes and 28 top 10 finishes, forever adding to the Charger’s racing image.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
V8 engine, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel