For Sale 1972 Polara Custom (2dr gold/green/black, G-code, $9.6k)

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I believe just out of the picture to the right.

I believe just out of the picture to the right.

Actually on those cars they were all inside hood release. You can see it adjacent to the left kick panel in this one (it is the vertical one on the left):

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and faintly in this one:

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For the 72 and 73 fuselage models, Chrysler was evolving from the voluptuous styling of those models in general to the more squared off front end designs and boxy bodies of the formals in 1974, so in this transition for buyers to get acclimated to the kind of cars coming soon, they had some costly one year design changes. On the 72 Polaras, the front end was a one year transition design so the bean counters probably concluded it was cheaper to just make the inside hood release standard for one year rather than tool up for a low production volume of a one year only manual hood release. That is also why the bean counters forced the designers to resort to a plastic front valence on the 72 Polaras since it too would be one year only and tooling up for a steel one would not have been cost effective.

Also in 1973 when Chrysler was incorporating the boobs on the bumpers that "deplorable" Kenny (@78Brougham[/USER]) loves :) :p, the Monacos had one year only revised rear styling to accomodate them and they too resorted to a plastic valence on the rear of that model.

For some reason, the bean counters must not have had any regard for us bastards having to cope with this atrocity some 50 years later! :rolleyes:
 
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According to Jeff Godshall whom I've little regard for the 72 was supposed to be the 71 and the 71 wasn't supposed to exist.
 

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According to Jeff Godshall whom I've little regard for the 72 was supposed to be the 71 and the 71 wasn't supposed to exist.

I am with you on Godshall.....................................makes no sense. All the 71 C bodies were carry overs with some modifications of the 69 - 70 models with substantial changes to the interiors.

He has done past write ups such as on Virgil Exner and fuselage cars and I find his stuff just crap (I am not as nice as you in your criticisms :D).
 
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I think his point and I'd have to go back and read the article was they didn't wanna retool for monetary reasons so the 72 got bumped back a year. Obviously not just the Dodge but to think about it, the 71 Cs almost didn't exist IF you can believe him.
 

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I think his point and I'd have to go back and read the article was they didn't wanna retool for monetary reasons so the 72 got bumped back a year. Obviously not just the Dodge but to think about it, the 71 Cs almost didn't exist IF you can believe him.

I seriously doubt the very capable styling/design team that did the 69 - 70 fuselage cars would have rather had 3 years of the 72-3 models with their dumbed down squarish front ends (Monacos excepted) and squarish rear roofs rather than 3 years of the elegant and beautiful looped front designs of the 69-70s that blended so well with the rest of the fuselage design theme.
 
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