Seven Hills Motorcars is
Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist anda 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 a representative directly:
Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this numbers matching
1981 Corvette in nice condition with only 67,225 original miles.
This car is absolutely priced to sell and we feel as if the asking
price is very reasonable. We
purchased this car from a women who lives about 4 block from our
dealership. Her father purchased the car brand new in 1981 and it has
been in her family's possession every since. It is finished in the
highly attractive color combination of Charcoal Metallic(84) over
Charcoal Leather(192). In our experience this is the most desirable
color scheme offered for the 1980-82 Corvettes. These are the
correct and original colors as verified by the codes on the trim
tag, pictured below. It is very handsome and dignified; everyone who
sees this car comments on and loves the color. This 1981 Corvette is
totally solid with no rust issues and straight lines. One could
easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price
in years to come. 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" as well as the one owner
history. Please peruse all of the photos, numbers, and video 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.
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.
All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated
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 24,109th Corvette made
for 1981 in St, Louis.
Body Build Date
"H" corresponds to March, and the 24 is the
twenty-fourth day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 24, 1981.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "03" is the third month of year and the
"16" is the
sixteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
March 16, 1981. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for a non-California 1981
Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
424109, are stamped on
the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has the correct 10410207 casting number for
a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
C 12 1
March, "12" is the twelfth day of the month, and "1" is
the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on
March 12, 1981.
Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The distributor is original and correct
for a 1981 Corvette with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code
1 B 11
The "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "B"
denotes February, and "11" is the eleventh day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on February 11, 1981. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The starter is original and correct for a 1981 Corvette with a
Starter Date Code
1 C 9
The "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C"
denotes March, and "9" is the ninth day of the
month meaning the starter was made on March 9, 1971. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
Carburetor Main Body
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, "2," means is was built for the Chevrolet
division of GM. The last digit, "8," means it was intended
for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code
The firth three digits, "057," indicate the
57th day of the
year. The last digit, "1," is the year in which the
carburetor was produced, 1971. So this carburetor was
stamped on February 26, 1981.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has a
correct 458250 casting number.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
Metallic exterior is in decent driver condition. As one
can see in the photos, the paint has a great gloss and deep
shine. Both door open and shut easily. The Western aluminum
wheels are in great condition with a very nice finish. They
actually look great on the car, especially with the Charcoal
paint, and they are period correct. There are no major
imperfections that have been excluded from the photos. There are
some paint flaws around the car and specific photos of some of
the imperfections below, but others are too faint to show up in
the photos. There are some blemishes around the front bumper and
on the right headlight with some specific photos of the area
below. Some of the weather-stripping is old and should be
replaced. As one can see in the photos of the underside of the
car, this Corvette has no rust issues. The frame is totally
solid with no rust in front of the rear tire.
Black interior of the Corvette is in good condition overall
and is especially nice for being totally original. The seats look
just in persona as the do in the photos with a worn spot in
the typical area on the driver's side where the driver gets
in and out and one spot on the bottom of the passenger seat. Please note that these are the original seats not some
cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet looks
good overall. This
includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. There
are a few spots where the carpet has been patched, but this
is not very noticeable as one can see in the photos and
blends in really well being all black. The
carpet on the door panels is in good shape and not faded.
All of the carpet in the car is also original. The door panels
themselves are in good condition, fit well to the doors, and
the door pulls are in tact. The dash and center console look
good with no splits, sun fading, or cracks. The original
radio works. The original spare is still with the car
and has never been used as it still has the nubs on it.
There is no aroma of cigarette smoke in the car. Corvette interiors are not known to wear
well and the nice condition of this original
interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care this car
has received throughout its life.
This Corvette seems to be in basically good mechanical condition. The
car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. The
car drives great; it is tight on the road and at highway
speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating
on the highway up to about 60mph, braking to stoplight, and
going through some curves. Please note that the car performs quite well. The brakes are
responsive. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the
power band. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the
engine compartment is beautifully original and complete as one can
see in the photos. No one has carelessly touched up the engine
spray cans or "black bombed" the components as is so often the
case. All of the upper and lower ignition shielding
is still on the car as is the smog pump and a catalytic
converter. All the exterior lights,
wipers, the blower on all speeds, the interior delay light timer, and the small light by the spare
tire all still work. The vacuum system for the
headlights works correctly with no binding. Also, the headlights
go up correctly with either the headlight switch or vacuum
override switch. Their complete operation from both switches can
be observed in the video below. There are some items on the car that do not work such as the
clock, power antenna, cruise control, horn, temp gauge, check engine light,
fuel gauge, and the driver's
seat belt is stuck. Please keep in mind that we are being
extremely upfront, honest, and forthright about this car and
the issues we are aware of. Most sellers, and certainly
most dealers, would not be so straightforward or go into such
detail about each and every function. The power door lock works
on the driver's door, but not on the passenger door. There is
sound of an exhaust leak present; it sounds more like it is near
the bottom of the "Y-Pipe," which is much easier to repair than
a leak at the headers. It is our understanding from the previous
owner that this car had been sitting for a pretty long period of
time before they sold it so it could use a general tune up and
some maintenance. All of the components for the a/c are in place and in
tact so the system is complete, but there is no belt on the
compressor and the a/c does not work. This Corvette is still a
pleasure to drive, especially with the T-tops out on a beautiful
Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in
good driver condition. We have this car priced
very well with its good points and needs in mind. It is
hard to find a 1980-81 Corvette that looks this good,
drives this well, and is this original correct for
anything near our asking price. Numbers matching and
originality is extremely important in Corvette pricing
and as one can see this car is very correct. In our
experience the 1980-81 model years draw a small premium
over the other late C3 Corvettes. These are the most
refined and modern driving of all the third generation
Corvettes, as well as the last years to feature
carburation. The 1982 Corvettes came with the "Cross
Fire Fuel Injection" system, which has a very bad
reputation and is considered to be unsuccessful and
The well cared for original
condition, the low miles, highly desirable color
combination, and the great extent to which the numbers
match make this car especially important and difficult
to duplicate. This Corvette always gets a ton of
attention driving down the road. It is very apparent
that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its
previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have
increased drastically over the past 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.
twelve minute video of the car including running, starting, walk
around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway
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.