$14,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
A42 Power Drivers Seat
A31 Power Windows
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
C49 Rear Window Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors
J50 Power Brakes
K35 Cruise Control
MM4 Automatic Transmission
N90 Aluminum Wheels
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
N41 Power Steering
UM4 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
V75 Power Antenna

  
exterior color code
84 Charcoal Metallic
interior color code
752 Medium Red Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   81,830 (Actual)
Engine:   350 ci L81 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY8769BS414108
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 truly beautiful numbers matching 1981 Corvette in stunning condition with only 81,830 original miles. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is an awesome driver. It is finished in the highly attractive color combination of Charcoal Metallic(84) over Red Leather(752). 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. 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. 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, 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 1G1AY8769BS414108 The first digit, "1," indicates that the US is the country of origin. The "G" is the manufacturerer, 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 14,08th Corvette made for 1981 in St, Louis.
Body Build Date E12 "E" corresponds to December, and the 12 is the twelfth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is December 12, 1980.
Engine Code V1210 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "12" is the twelfth month of year and the "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on December 10, 1980.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for a Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 414108 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 414108, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 14010207 The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date L 9 0 "L" is December, "9" is the ninth day of the month, and "0" is 1980 so the engine block was cast on December 9, 1980.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1103443 The distributor is original and correct with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 0L06 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "L" denotes November, and "06" is the sixth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on November 6, 1980.  This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor Main Body 17081218 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, "8," means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 3250 The firth three digits, "325," indicate the 325th day of the year. The last digit, "0," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1980.  So this carburetor was stamped on November 21, 1980.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The intake manifold has a 14033058 casting number, which is correct for a 1981 Corvette

 *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 very nice driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a dazzling gloss and deep shine. This color really shows off the lines of this car better than most any other. The car exhibits good body panel fit overall for a C3 Corvette. The previous owner stated that the car has been painted within the past two years so it still looks very nice. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There still is a small nick or touch up here or there, but as one can see in all the close up photos nothing that is very noticeable. The factory N90 aluminum wheels are in great shape with a nice finish. The tires are literally brand new with less than 20 miles on them. 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 and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield.

The Corvette looks just as good in person as it does in the photos

 

Interior

The Medium Red interior of the Corvette looks truly superb. The seats are in virtually as new condition and show no signs of wear. They are not worn at all in the typical area where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is also in "like new" condition with no stains, rips, or holes. The dash and center console look fantastic with no splits, sun fading, or cracks. The door panels are in good condition. The car has never been smoked in, there is no ash in the ashtray or aroma what so ever. The jack and jack handle are still present and stowed behind the passenger seat, pictured below showing the original stickers on the compartment lid. The original radio turns on, but does not make any sound, however the power antenna goes up and down with the radio properly. Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout it's life. Even very detailed items that are almost always broken or shabby are not on this car; the fit of the center gauge cluster with the shifter console and down to the parking brake console.

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


Mechanical

This car seems to be in very good mechanical condition. Some very beneficial service records are included with the car and pictured below. Included within these records are some for a complete engine rebuilt in August of 1996 at 69,764 Miles with a cost of over $2,760 back then. This means that there are currently only 12,000 on the engine. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles okay. The car drives terrifically; it is tight on the road and at highway speeds. There are no strange noises or vibrations. The transmission shifts well. The car was recently serviced with literally a complete new brake system including all new calipers, all new hard brake lines front and rear, all new rubber lines at each wheel, and a new master cylinder so the brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and original as one can see in the photos, even the original smog pump is still in place. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, all gauges, wipers, power windows, and blower for the heater and a/c on all speeds. 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 a few items on the car that are not functional such as the power locks, which is a very common problem on this era Corvette, power mirrors, which worked when we fist purchased the car, and the a/c, which most likely just needs to be recharged as the system is totally complete and the compressor is not locked up. This Corvette has a very healthy tone from the Magnaflow exhaust as one can hear in the video, but is not too loud or obnoxious. The factory "Y" pipe has been upgraded to a true dual exhaust system. 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 started.


Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in fantastic driver condition. 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, especially for premium examples like this car. 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 ten minute video of the car starting, running, a walk around, underside, and function check please visit:
http://youtu.be/etvxpFbr2RY .
 

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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