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general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YY87 Base Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
A42 Power Driver Seat
AU3 Power Door Locks
A31 Removable Glass Roof Panels
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
DG7 Electric Sport Mirrors
K35 Cruise Control
L48 350ci Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGR P225/70R15 White Letter SBR Tires
U58 AM-FM Stereo Radio
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
U75 Power Antenna

 

 
exterior color code
06 Mahogany Metallic
interior color code
672 Cinnabar Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   67,535
Engine:   350 ci L81
VIN:   1G1AY8763BS431115
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 I specialize in 1963 to 1982 Corvettes.  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.  This is simply a one man operation, and this is not my full time employment.  I do it because I enjoy it.  I am a collector and enthusiast and therefore look for cars that excite me.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked by me because it is special or rare to me and because I 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 low mileage and completely numbers matching 1980 Corvette in great condition with just over 67,500 original miles.  This car runs awesome and needs nothing at all to be driven and enjoyed.  This car has a very rare and handsome original color combination of Mahogany Metallic over Cinnabar Leather.  The low mileage is supported by not only the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title showing the mileage as "actual."  This Corvette is an exceptional driver and I wouldn't hesitate to hop in and take a road trip.  Please peruse all of the photos and numbers below to get a true sense of how clean and correct this Corvette really is.

This Corvette is one of the last 500 Corvettes ever produced in the original St. Louis factory.  This car has a very late build date for the 1981 model year and very high build number.  The final car from St. Louis was 431611, this car is 431115.  The build sequence places this Corvette in some of final cars assembled in the original plant.

The 1980-82 Corvette was the final evolution of the C3 body style first introduced in 1968.  It was lighter than the previous years and featured new bumper caps, cleaner lines, and integrated spoilers.  The body style was highly modernized in 1980 by these changes.  The vehicle also become much more aerodynamic with these changes, with a drag coefficient .503 in 1979 to .443.  1981 was the last year for the much more desirable carbureted fuel system.  1982 went to the "Cross Fire Injection" system, which is less reliable, more prone to issues, and much less popular.

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 cars 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 1G1AY8763BS431115 The first digit, "1," indicates the nation of origin as the USA.  The "G" means it was produced by GM.  The second "1" shows the make as Chevrolet.  The "Y" is the series, Corvette.  The "87" is the body style, 2-door sport coupe.  The eighth digit, "6" is the engine, L81 350/190hp.  The "B," indicates 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 31,115th Corvette made in St. Louis for 1981.
Body Build Date L22 "L" corresponds to July, and the 22 is the twenty-second day of the month meaning this Corvette's build date is July 22, 1981.
Engine Code V0706 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "07" is the seventh month of year and the "06" is the sixth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on July 6, 1981. 
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for an Non-California Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 431115 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 431115, 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.
Engine Block Casting Date D 23 1 "D" is April, "23" is the twenty-third day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning the engine block was cast on April 23, 1981.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1103443 The distributor is original and correct with 1103443 stamped on the housing,
Distributor Date Code 1 G 1 The first "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "G" denotes July, and  the second "1" is the first day of the month meaning the distributor was made on July 1, 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build dates of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The aluminum intake manifold is correct with a 14014432 casting number.
Carburetor Main Body 17081228 The carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1981 Non-California Corvette.  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 car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 1681 The first three digits, "168" indicate the 168th day of the year.  The last digit, "1" is the year it was produced, 1981.  So the carburetor  was stamped June 17, 1981.
Windshield IX "I" is June and "X" is 1981 so this window was made in June of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window YJ "Y" is October and "J" is 1978 so this window was made in October of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window UX "U" is July and "X" is 1981 so this window was made in July of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear  Window IX "I" is June and "X" is 1981 so this window was made in June of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's T-Top JX "J" is May and "X" is 1981 so this window was made in May of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  T-Top JX "J" is May and "X" is 1981 so this window was made in May of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Mahogany Metallic exterior paint is in very presentable driver condition.  The paint has an nice gloss and is very shiny.  The bumpers are NOT wavy like many other Corvettes of this vintage.  The t-tops are the original matched set and fit well to the car.  I have done my best to accurately and objectively photograph the car and show all of the flaws, but some are too small or cannot be picked up by the camera.  One should really view the car in person to get the best detailed idea of what the car really looks like.  For the most part however, the car looks in person as it does in the photos with some blemishes in the paint, but nothing that really stands out from 5 or 10 feet away.  This Corvette came equipped with aluminum wheels, which are in excellent condition with a great finish and no curb rash.  There are NO rust issues with this car.  The frame is solid with no rust in front of the rear tire around the "key hole" and there no rust visible on the "A" pillar around the windshield. 

Please note that all of the glass on this Corvette is date coded and original to the car as each piece predates the build date of July 22, 1981.  This even includes the glass t-tops, which is quite extraordinary.  Original glass is a good indication that the car has not been in a major accident and never sustained significant damage. 

 

 

Interior

 

The Cinnabar interior of the Corvette looks fantastic.  The seats look almost brand new with no rips, tears, or split seams.  They are not worn in the typical areas such as where the driver gets in and out.  The carpet is in like great original condition as well with no stains This includes the rear carpet with is often neglected.  There is one spot of wear in the passenger footwell, but as one can see from the photos the area is hardly noticeable.  The console is in great condition and fits correctly.  The door panels are in great shape and unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit well and tight to the door.  The dash is not cracked or sun faded at all.  Please note that detail items, such as the pulls for the rear compartment doors, have not been pulled off on this car.  The original pedal pads are not excessively worn, and as one can see from the pictures, show normal wear for a car with this mileage.  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
 

Mechanical

This car is in awesome mechanical condition and is an exceptional driver.  It is tight on the road and at highway speeds; the car drivers terrifically.  The transmission shifts smoothly.  The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other.  The car starts right away every time and runs well.  This Corvette has plenty of power, it is very fast, and the catalytic converter has been removed and the exhaust has a very healthy tone.  The horn works as do the headlights, headlight override vacuum switch, all interior and exterior lights, power windows, power locks, and wipers.  Even the a/c, and power antenna work; some of the most common issues on this vintage Corvette.  The cruise control and oil pressure gauge are intermittent, but a brand new oil pressure gauge is included with the car.  Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with t-tops out on a beautiful day.

Also, for any 1981 or 1982 Corvette you may look at, be sure to test out the "check engine" light.  The light should go on when the key is turned on then quickly go off when the car is started as a confirmation that the light is working.  Many of the Corvettes from these early years have had the bulb removed to mask other problems.  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 Corvette would make an awesome driver.  The vehicle is numbers matching, which is a must for any Corvette that can be taken seriously as a investment or show car.  Corvettes from 1980 to 1982 are becoming highly desirable and have continued to appreciate in value over recent years.  The rare color combination adds to this car's collectability.  They are solid investments and will provide you with years of enjoyment.  One could drive and enjoy this car for a few years and then sell it for more than the purchase price.   

Thank you for looking and please email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle pictures

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Seven Hills Motorcars - 1980 Corvette

 

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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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