$13,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
A31 Power Windows
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
C49 Rear Window Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors
J50 Power Brakes
K35 Cruise Control
MM4 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
N41 Power Steering
UM4 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with 8-Track
QGR 225/70R15 White Letter Tires
V75 Power Antenna


exterior color codes
84 Charcoal Metallic
interior color code
192 Charcoal Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   67,225 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci L81 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY8766BS424109
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 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.

 

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. All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8766BS424109 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 H24 "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.
Engine Code V0316 "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.
Suffix Code ZDD 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 424109 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 10410207 The engine block has the correct 10410207 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date C 12 1 "C" is 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 engine.
Distributor 1103443 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 engine.
Starter 1998217 The starter is original and correct for a 1981 Corvette with a 1998217stamping.
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 engine.
Carburetor Main Body 17081228 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 0571 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 14033058 The intake manifold has a correct 458250 casting number.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Charcoal 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.

 

Interior

The 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.


Mechanical

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 with 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 day.


Overall Condition

 

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 unreliable.
 
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.

 

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/NZLllN9ovmM .
 

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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