$12,750

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1981

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
A51 Bucket Seat
CC1 Removable Glass T-Tops
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
K35 Cruise Control
L81 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UM6 AM-FM Radio, ETR Stereo with Cassette
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers

exterior color code
75 Red
interior color code
192 Black Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   47,190
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1G1AY8763BS402360
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 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.

 

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 1G1AY8763BS402360 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 B15 "B" corresponds to September, and "15" is the fifteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 15, 1980.
Engine Code V0909 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The first "09" is the ninth month of year and the second "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.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for an Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 402360 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 10410207 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. 
Distributor 1103443 The distributor is original and correct for a Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 0J7 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 engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
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 1930 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, 1980.
Transmission VIN Stamp 402360 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.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

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 C3 Corvette.

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


Interior

The 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 meticulous care 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 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, and all 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 Condition

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.

 

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/e8cyL65PruA .
 

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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