$13,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
A42 Power Driver Seat
A51 Bucket Seat
CC1 Removable Glass T-Tops
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
FE7 High Performance Gymkhana Suspension
GV8 2.72 Axle Ratio
K73 70 Amp Alternator
L81 350ci V8 Engine
M18 4-Speed Manual Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGR 225/70R15 White Letter Tires
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
VK3 Front License Plate Mount
59L Frost Beige Lower
59U Frost Beige Upper
641 Doeskin Interior
642 Doeskin Leather

exterior color code
59 Frost Beige
interior color code
642 Doeskin Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   4-Spd Manual (#'s Match)
Mileage:   45,530 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY8766BS423669
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468 















vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this numbers matching 1981 Corvette in great condition and with only 45,530 original miles and the highly desirable factory 4-Speed manual transmission. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is an excellent driver. It is loaded with desirable options like N90 aluminum wheels, FE7 Gymkhana Suspension, and glass T-tops. It is also well documented with the original build sheet, owners manual, are warranty book with the original owners name. This Corvette was sold new at Bob McDorman Chevrolet in St. Mary's, Ohio on March 31, 1981.

The car is totally solid with nice lines and no rust issues. The Frost Beige over Doeskin color combination looks great on the car. It is also the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured below, as well as the build sheet. This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Corvette that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on the 1980 and 1981 Corvettes is strong right now and on the rise. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured below, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, list of numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of how nice and clean this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. Most of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8766BS423669 The first digit, "1," indicates that the US is the country of origin. The "G" is the manufacturer, GM. The third digit, "1," is the make, Chevrolet. The fourth digit, "A," is the restraint system, manual belts. The fifth digit, "Y," is the series, Corvette. The "87," is the body style, 2-door sport coupe. The eighth digit "6" is the engine, L81. The ninth digit is a check that car vary from car to car. The tenth digit, "B" is the model year, 1981. The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 23,669th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis.
Body Build Date H19 "H" corresponds to March, and "19" is the nineteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 19, 1981.
Engine Code V0310 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 10, 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZCA This means the motor was intended for an L81 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 423669 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 423669, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 10410207 The engine block has the correct 10410207 casting number, which is correct for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date C 6 1 "C" is March, "6" is the sixth day of the month, and the "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on March 6, 1981, which is correct as it predates the assembly date.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
Transmission Main Cast Casting # 1304 065 906 The main case of the transmission has the correct 1304 065 906 casting number.
Transmission Casting Date 12 17 80 The "12" would be the twelfth month of the year. The "17" would be the seventeenth day of the month and the "80" would be 1980 so the main case of the transmission was cast on December 17, 1980.
Transmission Assembly Date Code WC1112 The "W" indicates this is a Borg Warner transmission. The "C" is the month it was made, March. The "11" is the eleventh day of the month. The last "1" is the year, 1981. The "2," indicates that it was made during the second shift. So the transmission was assembled on March 11, 1981.
Transmission VIN Stamp 423669 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 423669, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Clutch Housing 464697 The clutch housing has a 464697 casting number.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Frost Beige exterior is in nice driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both door open and shut nicely as do the hood and headlights. The N90 aluminum wheels and center caps are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The tires are sized 225/70R15, which is correct according to the factory build sheet. There are a some faint imperfections and touch ups around the car that are too tiny to show up in pictures, but nothing else that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, this Corvette has NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" are in front of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette.

The car looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Interior

The Doeskin Tan interior in this Corvette is in spectacular condition. The seats look just virtually brand new with no rips, split seams, or and signs of wear. They are not worn in the typical area where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is also in great original condition with no major stains or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The door panels are in wonderful shape and, unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit well and tight to the door. The door pulls are solid and intact. There is one spot on the right corner of the dash where it is cracked, but as one can see in the photos is it not too noticeable. The parking brake handle also has a crack. The console is in nice shape with no sun damage, but a couple switches are loose in their housings. The spare tire carrier is still on the car, but there is no tire inside. This Corvette has never been smoked in, there are no burns marks and no aroma of cigarettes. Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well, and the excellent condition of this interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout its life.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time. It drives great and feels nice on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations or strange noises and the car performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. The transmission shifts well and does not pop out of gear. The clutch feels good. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. The previous owner installed a new cam that gives the car some extra power and a nice rumble at idle. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, wipers, power windows, power seat in all directions, all of the gauges, and even the clock works. The speedo needle can be a bit bouncy. The blower works on one speed from a switch in the glove box. The a/c system is totally complete and there is a belt on the compressor, but the a/c does not work so the system may need to be recharged. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There is a small coolant leak near the lower hose connection to the radiator and the check engine light does not work. There is a slight sound of an exhaust leak, which is very common on 1981 Corvettes, but it becomes less noticeable when the car warms up. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the T-tops out on a beautiful day.


Overall Condition

Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in wonderful driver condition. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially with low mileage examples like this car. One of the most appealing features of this Corvettes is the original 4-Speed transmission, which is quite rare and very sought-after. The originality, the great condition, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased considerably over the past several years. They are secure and wise investments for a collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For a twelve minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/m4Z7EtBzGuM .
 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners.  Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it.  We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world.  For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker.  Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote.

 

 



 

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