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Standard Equipment
1972
Thunderbird script
Image: 1972 Thunderbird door panelThe 1972 Thunderbird in standard form is a rare Bird indeed.

No power windows, seats, or door locks. No remote control mirror on the driver's door.

The door courtesy light, rear seat ash tray and cigarette lighter, and dual front door speakers for the standard AM radio were all listed as standard features.
400 Cubic Inch 2V V-8 Engine (Early production only; 2,006 units built with this engine)
429 Cubic Inch 4V V-8 Engine
SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic Transmission
Power Steering
Power Front Disc Brakes
Automatic Parking Brake Release
Michelin 40,000-Mile Black Sidewall Steel-Belted Radial-Ply Tires
Electric Clock
Split Bench Front Seat (Optional on early production cars; new for '72)
Front Seat Center Armrests
Seat Belt Reminder System
Cut Pile Carpeting
Power Ventilation
MagicAire Heater/Defroster
AM Pushbutton Radio with Dual Front Door-Mounted Speakers (New for '72)
Driver's Side Remote Control Outside Mirror (Optional on early production cars)
Protective Side Moldings with Vinyl Inserts (New for '72)
Courtesy Lighting (Dome, Door Lights, Under Panel Light, Glove
     Compartment and Front Ash Tray)
Fully Insulated Body
Fully Lined and Lighted Trunk
Full Wheel Covers
Steel Guard Rails in Side Doors
Energy-Absorbing Steering Column and Steering Wheel
Energy-Absorbing Instrument Panel with Padding
Padded Sun Visors
Two-Speed Electric Windshield Wipers
Windshield Washers
Hazard Warning Flasher
Backup Lights
Self-Locking Front Seat Backs
Non-Reversing Odometer
Uni-Lock Harness
Locking Steering Column
Key Warning Buzzer
1972 Ford Thunderbird instrument panel
Above: The 1972 Thunderbird instrument panel was almost identical to the Continental Mark IV. All controls and instruments were positioned for maximum visibility. A row of warning lights runs across the very top, while headlight switch, SelectAire controls, and rear defroster control are at left of steering wheel. The smaller round dial in the middle is the fuel gauge, and just above the fuel gauge is the seat belt reminder light. Below that is the rectangular transmission selector. The large dial to the left is the clock, to the right is the speedometer with odometer and trip odometer. The wiper and cigarette lighter are to the right of the steering wheel, with optional warning lights grouped above, and to the left of the air outlet. The radio is below. Barely visible under the dash, to the right of the steering wheel, is the power antenna control. The ash tray is to its right. This car is also equipped with the optional Three Spoke Rim-Blow Steering Wheel.