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.
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Seven Hills Motorcars is
proud to offer this
completely numbers matching
1981 Corvette in nice driver condition. This Corvette looks great
and runs well. It is loaded with desirable options like N90
aluminum wheels and glass T-tops. The car is totally solid with no
rust issues and straight lines. The Red over Black
Leather color combination looks awesome and is iconic on a Corvette. It is also the correct and original color
scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured
below. 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. Please peruse all of the
photos, list of numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of
how nice and clean this Corvette really is.
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
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 2,360th Corvette made
for 1981 in St. Louis.
Body Build Date
"B" corresponds to September, and "15" is the
fifteenth day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The first "09" is the ninth month of year and the
"09" is the
ninth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
September 9, 1980. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
402360, 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,
which is correct for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
I 2 0
"I" is September, "2" is the
second day of the month, and
"0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on September 2, 1980.
The distributor is original and correct
for a Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443
Distributor Date Code
The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J"
denotes September, and "7" is the seventh day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on September 7, 1980. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
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, "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
The firth three digits, "193," indicate the
193rd day of the
year. The last digit, "0," is the year in which the
carburetor was produced, 1980. So this carburetor was
stamped on July 11, 1980.
Transmission Casting Date
30 8 80
The "30" would be the
thirtieth day of the month. The "8" would
be the eighth month of the year and the "80" would be 1980 so
the main case of the transmission was cast on August 30,
Transmission VIN Stamp
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 405008, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning
this transmission is original to this car.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
The Red exterior is in
good driver condition. As one can
see in the photos the finish has nice 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 good
condition with a nice finish and no major curb rash. The tires appear to have
about 90% tread left and are correctly sized 255/60R15. There
are a few small imperfections on the front bumper and around the car that
are noticeable in the photos. There are some other faint
blemishes in the paint that were too tiny to show up in
pictures, but nothing else that is really noticeable from about five
or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of
the car, this Corvette has NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally
solid with no rust around the "key hole" are 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
The car looks just as good in person as it does
in the photos.
Black interior of the Corvette is in great original
condition. The seats look just in person just as they do in
the photos with some standard wear in the typical area.
Please note that these appear to be the original seats and leather
skins, not some
cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet is also in
great original condition with no major stains or holes.
This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The
console and dash are in great condition with no cracks or
sun damage. The door panels are in terrific shape. The door pulls are solid and intact. The jack and jack handle are still present
with the car
and stowed correctly behind the passenger seat.
The original spare is still with the car. 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
this car has received throughout its life.
The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the
This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. The car
starts right away every time. It drives nice and feels good 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
and the car performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke
when starting or driving the car. The transmission shifts
smoothly throughout the power band. This Corvette has plenty of
power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is
beautifully clean and detailed 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, wipers, power windows,
of the gauges with the exception of the tach. The blower for the heat and a/c and the power
antenna do not work. The car feels like it could use an
alignment. The car may have sat for a while so there may be some
other bugs to be worked out. The "low fuel" light goes on sometimes. The entire vacuum system for the
headlights works correctly with no effort or binding in the
mechanism. 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.
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.
The car runs
and drives just as great as it looks.
Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in
wonderful driver condition. Numbers matching is extremely
important in Corvette pricing, especially with low
mileage examples like this car. We completely believe
that the mileage on this car is original at just over
47,000. The car was traded into a CarMax dealership last
year and due the the vehicle's age it is their policy to
sell the car with "non-actual" miles so the title is
marked that way. An Ohio title search was performed on
the car and it showed that the car was titled with
"actual" miles until it was traded into CarMax in
October of last year. It was titled with 47,167 actual
miles as of October 15, 2015. The condition of the car
definitely shows evidence for original mileage. The originality, the
great 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.
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.