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1972 saw essentially no change in the Dart family. Dodge continued to mix the Plymouth Duster--called the Demon--in with its Dart cousins. The Demon 340 was still the only performance option in the Dart lineup; the other Darts were assigned the 318. Of course, the 198 and 225 Slant-6 engines soldiered on. Once again, the traditional Dart bodies were limited to just 4 models: the Swinger, the Swinger Special, the Dart Custom, and the Dart.

1972 Dodge Dart At A Glance

Demon 340
  • Performance model
  • 2-door only
  • 340 V-8
  • 3-speed manual on floor; optional 4-speed manual
  • Distinguishing marks: 340 stripe runs body of the car; dual hood scoops; Demon logos
  • Rallye suspension is standard; Rallye instrument cluster
  • Purists would call this a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end, and they would be right
Demon
  • Modest performance
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
  • No distinguishing characteristics
  • Purists would call this a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end, and they would be right
Swinger
  • Economy trim level
  • 2-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Swinger Special
  • Economy trim level
  • 2-door only
  • The Swinger Special was designed for a tight budget
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dart Custom
  • Economy trim level
  • 4-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dart Sedan
  • Most basic trim level
  • 4-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dartography: How To Spot Em
This is an exceptionally subtle styling change. Notice that the 71 has a split grille, while the 72 has a 1-piece grille. The 72's parking lights are slightly larger.
Safety Equipment
Safety equipment remains more or less unchanged: lap and shoulder belts; headrests; collapsible steering column. According to Chrysler literature, safety belt retractors are now standard on the 72s. In retrospect, many experts admitted that this was a step backwards, because the retractors often didn't retract, thus compromising the effectiveness of the retraints. Although less convenient, the belt-and-a-bolt systems that preceded the retractors were often much more robust. (GM retractors, often derisively called window-shade retractors, were by far the worst culprit of their time.)
What Changed Since Previous Year
Nothing
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