The two tone
exterior paint is in excellent condition. The paint has a great
finish and a high gloss. There are no major paint defects.
This Corvette came equipped with aluminum wheels, which are in
condition with a bright finish and absolutely no curb rash.
The tires have virtually no wear. The bumpers are not faded or
wavy at all, a common problem on 1980 to 1982 Corvettes. The
low front end of this car is not chipped and damaged from rock
chips. Even the front spoiler, a very fragile and venerable
area on these car is in good condition and pictured.
This car looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.
The charcoal interior of the corvette is in superb condition.
The leather seats are in virtually perfect condition. The
through in the typical places, such as where the driver gets in
and out of the car. The carpet is in nice condition with
no stains and looks to be original, not a cheap aftermarket
replacement. This includes the rear carpet with is often
neglected. There is a small tear in the carpet on
passenger side, I have specifically included pictures of this
area to show how unnoticeable the imperfection is. The
original jack, handle, and cargo tray are all present in the
rear storage compartment. The car has never been smoked
in, there is no ash in the ashtray or aroma what so ever.
Corvette interiors are not known to wear well, and this car's
interior in such great condition is a testament to the loving
care this car has received throughout the years.
The corvette is
in fine mechanical condition, there are no issues at all with the
performance or drivability of this Corvette. All of the
options work, the headlights go up and down perfectly, all of the
lights and gauges work, the power locks work, even the cruise
control works. All
of the lights on this car work and work as they should such as the
interior light delay when the key is removed. Even very
detailed items work as they should such as the courtesy light behind
the rear license plate, which many owners do not even know exists
because they so commonly never work.
The car starts right away, drives exceptionally, and brakes
perfectly straight and powerfully. It is tight and has been
flawlessly reliable since I have owned it, which was also reiterated
by the previous owner. The car was just serviced with new pads
and calipers, oil change, as well as a new exhaust. Not enough
can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car.
The only issue I
am aware of with the car is the a/c, which most likely needs to be
recharged. This car has had the benefit of an update
from R12 to R123a refrigerant for the a/c. This means that the
system is easier and much cheaper to service.
Also, for any 1981 Corvette you may look
at, be sure to check the "check engine" light. The light
should go on when the key is turned on then quickly go off when
the car is started as a confirmation that the light is working.
That majority of these cars have had the bulb removed to mask
other problems. The "check engine" light on this car
operates just as it should, going on with the car as a check and
then going off when started. The light will sometimes go
on for a few seconds when driving the car then quickly go off.
It seems to have no effect on how the car drives of how the
engine runs. Most dealers would remove the light or simply
not disclosed this, but I feel it necessary to be completely
Overall the vehicle is in outstanding
both the exterior
and interior as well as mechanically.
The vehicle is numbers matching, which is
a must for any Corvette that can be taken seriously as a
investment or show car. Appealing details such as this
car's early production are not just rare, they are almost
impossible to duplicate.
Corvettes from 1980 to 1982 are highly
desirable and have continued to appreciate in value over the
years. They are solid investments and will provide you
with years of enjoyment. One could drive and enjoy this
car for years and then sell it for more than the purchase price.
If you have any questions about the car or would like to
schedule and appointment to see it in person please do not
hesitate to email or call. Thank you for looking and have
a nice day.