$13,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
A42 Power Driver Seat
A51 Bucket Seat
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
D35 Sport Mirrors
K35 Cruise Control
L81 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
UN5 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers

exterior color code
79 Maroon Metallic
interior color code
152 Silver Gray Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   44,195 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci L81 V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY8763BS416923
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 proud to offer this numbers matching 1981 Corvette in spectacular condition and with only 44,195 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Maroon Metallic over Silver Gray Leather is a very rare and  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. Maroon Metallic is a one year only color for 1981 and only 1,618 example were ever producted. 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 as the market on the 1980 and 1981 Corvettes is strong right now and on the rise. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title 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 and clean this Corvette really is.

This Corvette came absolutely loaded with desirable options from the factory such as power locks, power seat, power antenna, glass T-Tops, and N90 Aluminum Wheels. The car also comes with the original owners manual, 2 sets of keys, and some of the other original booklets pictured below.

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 1G1AY8763BS416923 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 16,923rd Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date F19 "F" corresponds to January, and the 19 is the nineteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is January 19, 1981.
Engine Code V0108 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "01" is the first month of year and the "08" is the eighth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 8, 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for an L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 416923 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 108428, 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 M 28 0 "M" is December, "28" is the twenty-eighth day of the month, and the "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on December 28, 1901, 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 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 0M2 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "M" denotes December, and "2" is the second day of the month meaning the distributor was made on December 2, 1980. 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 D 10 0 The "D" is April, "10" is the tenth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the alternator was made on April 10, 1980.
Starter 1998217 The starter is original and correct for a Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1998217 stamping.
Starter Date Code 0M13 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "M" denotes December, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning the starter was made on December 13, 1980. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor 17081218 This is correct part number for an automatic 1981 Corvette with an automatic transmission and California emissions. 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 3430 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 VIN Stamp 416923 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 416923, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Maroon Metallic exterior is in good 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. There is a small chip in the windshield, but is is in the lower black part by the hood so it is not visible from inside the car. Also, the windshield is original so we would opt to keep it that way. We have included many photos of the underside of the car to show that it has no rust issues. 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 Silver Gray Leather interior in this Corvette is in spectacular original condition. The seats are in great condition with no split seams or excessive wear. 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 or stains. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. 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 radio gets good reception and most importantly the original dash was not cut or modified for the installation. 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 exterior lights, wipers, power windows, and all of the gauges; even the clock runs. The "check engine" light works properly.he blower works on all speeds. The power antenna and power locks both work, which are very common problems on this era Corvette. The horn does not work. 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. 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. 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 beautiful and rare original color combination, 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 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/mYXWjMZFV5E .
 

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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