1972 Mustang VIN Decoder

1972 Mustang VIN Decoder

Last Updated February 23, 2024 | Kevin Brent

A good place to start on your 1972 Mustang restoration is understanding which parts and features were included when the car left the factory. You can find out a lot about your 72' Mustang just by looking at the VIN and data plate (or door tag). Using our 1972 Mustang VIN decoder can tell you the body style, color code, interior trim, axle ratio, and transmission, while the VIN can tell you the engine code. By decoding your Mustang's VIN and data plate, you can figure out whether all the parts on your 1972 Mustang are original and what you need to restore it to its former glory.

If you'd rather just type in your data plate information instead of looking through the tables below, use our data plate decoder for first-gen Mustangs.

1972 Mustang VIN Number Location

The easiest place to find the VIN for your 1972 Mustang is under the hood on the driver's side fender apron. If the VIN is not visible there, try removing the fender. You might find an alternate location for the VIN just behind the one shown in our image, but underneath the fender.

VIN number stamped into the front fender apron of a classic Mustang

1972 Mustang Data Plate Location

The data plate is found attached to the inside of the driver's side door and contains the vehicle's VIN as well. The top line of the data plates displays the categories of each code. These categories are: body, color, trim, date, DSO, axle ratio, and transmission.

Door tag containing data plate information on the driver's side door of a classic Mustang

1972 Mustang Body Codes
Body CodeDescription
63D 2-Door Sports Roof
63R 2-Door Sports Roof Mach 1
65D 2-Door Hardtop, Standard
65F 2-Door Hardtop, Grande
76D Convertible
1972 Mustang Paint Codes
Paint CodeColor NameSample
2B Bright Red
2J Maroon
3B Light Blue
3F Grabber Blue
3J Bright Blue
4C Ivy Glow
4E Bright Lime
4F Medium Lime
4P Medium Green
4Q Dark Green
5A Light Pewter
5H Medium Brown (Ginger)
6C Medium Yellow Gold
6E Medium Bright Yellow
6F Gold Glow
9A Wimbledon White
  Playmate Pink
1972 Mustang Interior Codes
CodePrimary Color/MaterialSecondary Color/MaterialNotes
AA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AAB Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AAE Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AA1 Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
ABB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
ABE Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AB1 Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AEB Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AEE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AE1 Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AFB Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AFE Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AF1 Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
ARB Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
ARE Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AR1 Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
AW White Corinthian Vinyl White Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
Black Appointments
AWB White Corinthian Vinyl White Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
Black Appointments
AWE White Corinthian Vinyl White Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
Black Appointments
AW1 White Corinthian Vinyl White Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
Black Appointments
CA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CAA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CAB Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CAE Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CBA Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CBB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CBE Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CEA Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CEB Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CEE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CFA Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CFB Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CFE Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CRA Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CRB Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CRE Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CR1 Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
CW White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
Black Appointments
CWA White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
Black Appointments
CWB White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
Black Appointments
CWE White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knit Convertible Option
ComfortWeave
Black Appointments
FA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FAB Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FAE Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FBB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FBE Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FEB Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FEE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FFB Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FFE Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FRB Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
FRE Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
GA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GAA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GAB Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GAE Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GBA Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GBB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GBE Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GEA Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GEB Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GEE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GFB Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GFE Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GRA Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GRB Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GRE Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GR1 Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
GW White Corinthian Vinyl White Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
Black Appointments
GWA White Corinthian Vinyl White Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
Black Appointments
GWB White Corinthian Vinyl White Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
Black Appointments
GWE White Corinthian Vinyl White Sebring Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
Black Appointments
HB Blue Corinthian Vinyl White and Vermillion Appointments Sprint Mustang Package
HBE Blue Corinthian Vinyl White and Vermillion Appointments Sprint Mustang Package
JB Blue Corinthian Vinyl White and Vermillion Appointments Sprint Mustang Package
JBE Blue Corinthian Vinyl White and Vermillion Appointments Sprint Mustang Package

Learn more about your 1972 Mustang's interior trim.

1972 Mustang Date Codes
Date CodeDescription
xxA Day | January
xxB Day | February
xxC Day | March
xxD Day | April
xxE Day | May
xxF Day | June
xxG Day | July
xxH Day | August
xxJ Day | September
xxK Day | October
xxL Day | November
xxM Day | December
1972 Mustang District (DSO) Codes
District CodeDescription
11 Boston
12 Buffalo
13 New York
14 Pittsburgh
15 Newark
16 Philadelphia
17 Washington
21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte
23 Memphis
24 Jacksonville
25 Richmond
26 New Orleans
28 Louisville
41 Chicago
42 Cleveland
43 Milwaukee
45 Lansing
46 Indianapolis
47 Cincinnati
48 Detroit
52 Dallas
53 Kansas City
54 Omaha
55 St. Louis
56 Davenport
57 Houston
58 Twin Cities
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
74 Seattle
75 Phoenix
76 Denver
83 Government
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
87 Body Company
89 Transportation Services
90-99 Export
B1 Canada - Central
B2 Canada - Eastern
B3 Canada - Atlantic
B4 Canada - Midwestern
B6 Canada - Western
B7 Canada - Pacific
I2 Canada - Export

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1972 Mustang Axle Codes
Axle CodeRear Gear RatioNotes
2 2.75
3 2.79
4 3.80
6 3.00
9 3.25
A 3.50
B 3.07
K 2.75 Limited Slip Differential
M 3.80 Limited Slip Differential
O 3.00 Limited Slip Differential
R 3.25 Limited Slip Differential
S 3.50 Limited Slip Differential
V 3.91 Limited Slip Differential

Learn more about the Mustang's rear gear ratios. This knowledge will help you know if changing the axle ratio may be right for your build goals.

1972 Mustang Transmission Codes
CodeDescription
1 3 Speed Manual
5 4 Speed Manual
E 4 Speed Manual
U C-6 Automatic
W C-4 Automatic
X FMX Automatic
Model Year
CodeDescription
2 1972
1972 Mustang Assembly Plants
CodeDescription
F Dearborn, MI
R San Jose, CA
T Metuchen, NJ
1972 Mustang Body Style Codes
CodeDescription
01 2-Door Hardtop
02 2-Door Sports Roof
03 2-Door Convertible
04 2-Door Hardtop Grande
05 2-Door Sports Roof Mach 1
1972 Mustang Engine Codes
Engine CodeDisplacementBoreStrokeCompression RatioHorsepowerTorqueCarburetor
F 302 CID 4.00" 3.00" 9.5:1 210 hp @ 4,600 RPM 300 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM 2-Barrel
H 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 9.5:1 250 hp @ 4,600 RPM 355 lb-ft @ 2,600 RPM 2-Barrel
L 250 CID 3.68" 3.91" 9.0:1 155 hp @ 4,000 RPM 240 lb-ft @ 2,600 RPM 1-Barrel
Q 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 8.8:1 266 hp @ 5,400 RPM 301 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM 4-Barrel
R 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 11:1, 8.8:1 330 hp @ 5,400 RPM; 275 hp @ 6,000 370 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM; 286 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM 4-Barrel

Compare the specs for all classic Mustang engines in our classic Mustang engine guide.


Use Our 1972 Mustang VIN Decoder to Jumpstart Your Restoration

With your 1972 Ford Mustang's data plate decoded, you'll know what your 1972 Mustang was like when it left the factory.

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If you want to see what came stock on other first-gen Mustangs, check out the VIN and data plate information for these Mustang years: 1964.5, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973.

Image Credit: 1972 Ford Mustang hardtop neg 153506-011, Ford Mustang

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