$16,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A51 Bucket Seat
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
FE7 High Performance Gymkhana Suspension
D35 Sport Mirrors
L81 350ci V8 Engine
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
UN5 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U81 Dual Rear Speakers

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

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   4-Speed (#'s Match)
Mileage:   27,221 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci L81 V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY876XBS425215
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 very proud to offer this numbers matching 1981 Corvette in spectacular condition with the very rare 4-Speed manual transmission and only 27,221 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Frost Beige over Camel Leather is a beautiful color combination that 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. This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic 4-Speed 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 and the 4-Speed models draw a huge premium over automatics. 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, the extensive list of numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of how nice, clean, and original this Corvette really is.

This 1981 Corvette has a clean AutoCheck report that shows no accident history and consistent mileage, it is pictured below. The car is also completely numbers matching with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the engine block and the main case of the transmission. The paint and trim codes are also correct for the car. Even items like the carburetor, distributor, starter, and alternator are all correct and original with the right part numbers and appropriate dates.

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 1G1AY876XBS425215 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 25,215th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date I08 "I" corresponds to April, and the 08 is the eighth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is April 8, 1981.
Engine Code V0317 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 17, 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDA This means the motor was intended for an L81 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 425215 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 425215, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 14010207 The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number, which is correct for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date C 2 1 "C" is March, "2" is the second day of the month, and the "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on March 2, 1981, which is correct as it predates the assembly date.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
Distributor 1103443 The distributor is original and correct for a 1981 Corvette with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 1B25 The "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "B" denotes February, and "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on February 25, 1981. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Alternator 1101075 The alternator is original and correct for a Corvette with air conditioning and rear window defogger with a 1101075 stamping.
Alternator Date Code 3251 The "3" is the third month of the year, "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the alternator was made on March 25, 1981.
Starter 1109067 The starter is original and correct for a 1981 Corvette with a manual transmission with a 1109067 stamping.
Starter Date Code 1C24 The "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "24" is the twenty-fourth day of the month meaning the starter was made on March 24, 1981.
Carburetor 17081217 This is correct part number for an automatic 1981 Corvette with a manual transmission. The "170" means the carb was produced after 1976. The fourth digit, "8," means the carb was built in the 1980's. The fifth digit, "1," means it was built for the 1981 model year. The six digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb. The seventh digit, "1," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "7," means it was intended for use in a manual transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 0681 The firth three digits, "343," indicate the 343rd day of the year. The last digit, "0," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1980. So this carburetor was stamped on December 8, 1980.
Transmission Main Case Casting # 1304 065 903 The main case of the transmission has the correct 1304 065 903 casting number.
Transmission Main Case Casting Date 2-25-81 The "2" is February, the "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month, and "81" is 1981 so the main case of the transmission was cast on February 25, 1981.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting # 13.04.066.905 The tail housing of the transmission has the correct 13.04.066.905 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting # 13-04-097-901 The side cover of the transmission has the correct 13-04-097-901 casting number.
Transmission Date WD212 The "W" indicates this is a Borg Warner transmission. The "D" is the fourth month of the year. The first "2" is the second day of the month. The "1" is the year, 1981. The second "2," indicates the shift it was made. So the transmission was assembled on April 2, 1981 during the second shift.
Transmission VIN Stamp 425215 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 425215, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Clutch Housing 464967 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 great 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 BF Goodrich Radial tires have about 90% tread left and are correctly sized 255/60R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some touch-ups and other small blemishes around the car that were too tiny to show up in the pictures, but nothing that is really noticeably from about ten feet away. This Corvette has no rust issues. The underside of the car is exceptionally clean and we have include many photos below with specific photos of the areas most prone to rust. The frame is solid around the "key hole" area 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 Camel Leather interior in this Corvette is in spectacular original condition. The seats are in great condition and look as good in person as they do in the photos. There is just a small bit of wear in typical area where the driver gets in and out and a specific photo the area below. Please note that these are the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet is good condition with no holes, tears, or stains. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The door panels are in nice shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat, and pictured below. The original spare is still with the car and still has the nubs on it. 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 original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention 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 very good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idle smooth. 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. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, correct and complete as one can see in the photos. Even the upper ignition shielding, smog pump and original catalytic converter are still in place.

The horn works as do all the horn, exterior lights, wipers, power windows, and rear window defroster. The "check engine" light works properly. The blower works on all speeds. The a/c works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor engaging properly in the video. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. 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.

Also, for any 1981 Corvette you may look at, be sure to verify that the "check engine" light is working correctly. The light should go on when the key is turned on as a confirmation that the light is working, then quickly go off when the car is started. A great number of these 1981 Corvettes have had the bulb removed to mask other problems. As one can observe in the video 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 the engine is started.

The car runs and drives as well as it looks.


Overall Condition

Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in magnificent driver condition. Manual transmission Corvettes from this era are rare and command a huge premium over a car with an automatic transmission. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially with low mileage examples like this car, and as any buyer can see this Corvette is extremely correct. The originality, the very low miles, the 4-Speed transmission, the excellent overall 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 eleven 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/aogofk2cdAU .
 

autocheck report

 

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.

 

warranty

  We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with on warranty express or implied. Please contact us if you are interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.

 

 



 




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