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 beautiful
1981 Corvette in excellent original condition and with only 49,155
original miles. This Corvette looks nice, runs great, and is an
excellent driver. The Silver 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. We
have owned hundreds of 1981 Corvette and this is only the second one
in these colors. 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 vehicle
history report and the clear
Ohio title, pictured below, 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.
The vehicle history report for this Corvette is totally
clean. There is copy of the Autocheck report on this car
pictured below. The report shows no accident history and
verifies the very low original mileage.
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.
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 9,250th Corvette made
for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date
"D" corresponds to November, and the
"05" is the fifth day
of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is
November 5, 1980.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "10" is the tenth month of year and the
"23" is the
twenty-third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
October 23, 1980. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an L81 Corvette with
an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
409250, are stamped on
the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number,
which is correct for a 1981 Corvette.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
The distributor is original and correct for a Corvette with
an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code
The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J"
denotes September, and "16" is the sixteenth day of the month
meaning the distributor was made on September 16, 1980. This
is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
The starter is original and correct for a Corvette with an
automatic transmission with a 1998217 stamping.
Starter Date Code
The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "K"
denotes October, and "20" is the twentieth day of the
month meaning the starter was made on October 20, 1980.
Transmission Casting Number
The main case of the transmission has the correct 8641319
casting number for a 1981 Corvette with a TH350
Transmission Casting Date
The "13" would be the
thirteenth day of the month. The "10"
would be the tenth month of the year and the "80" would be
1980 so the main case of the transmission was cast on
Transmission VIN Stamp
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
409250, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning
this transmission is original to this car.
"Y" is October and "Z" is 1980 so the windshield is
original, made in October of 1980. This is correct as it
predates the build date of the car.
"A" is September and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original,
made in September of 1980. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
"Y" is October and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original,
made in October of 1980. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
Metallic exterior is in good driver condition. As one can
see in the photos the finish has a nice gloss and
smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely.
The N90 aluminum wheels and center caps are in
beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb
rash. The have about 90% tread left and are correctly sized 255/60R15.
There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally
excluded from the photos. As one would expect from a paintjob
with this many years on it the paint does some age as one can
see in the photos. The car basically looks in person as it does
in the photos, but we would recommend any perspective buyer to
view the car in person if possible to get the best idea of what
it looks like. As one can see in the many photos of the
underside of the car, it is very clean underneath and this
Corvette has absolutely 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
Window Date Codes
Please note that almost
all the window glass on this Corvette is original as each piece predates the car's body
build date of November 5, 1980 (D05). Original glass is
a good indication that this car has had no major
and never sustained significant damage.
Silver Leather interior in this Corvette is in lovely
original condition. The seats look just in person as the do
in the photos. The driver's seat is not worn in the typical
area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. There
is a split seam on the passenger seat, which is visible in
the photos. Please note that these are the original
seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or
replacements. The carpet is in excellent 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
looks awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The original
radio gets good reception and most importantly the original
dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The original spare is
still with the car and has never been used, it 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 great condition of this
original interior is a huge testament to the
care and attention
this car has received throughout its life.
The T-Tops storage bags
are also included with the car.
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
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 ignition shielding and original
catalytic converter are still
wipers work as do all the exterior lights, interior
lights, power windows, power seat in all 6
directions, and even the power locks and power antenna
work, which are very common
problems on C3 Corvettes. All of the gauges work. The
blower works on all speeds. 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. The a/c does
not blow cold, but the a/c system is complete and there
is a belt on the compressor so the a/c system my just
need some Freon. The horn and the check engine light do
not work. 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.
Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in
nice 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
original overall condition, and the great extent to which the
numbers match make this car especially important and
hard to duplicate. There are no additional parts or
items that go with the car that are not included in the
photos. 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.
ten 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.
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.