1981 Chevrolet Corvette

$18,900

Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
49,215
Vin
1G1AY8761BS401658
Stock
900948
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. Get Quote
Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
49,215
Vin
1G1AY8761BS401658
Stock
900948
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. Get Quote

Only 49,215 Original Miles, EXCELLENT CONDITION, #'s Match, PRICED TO SELL!!

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Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this beautiful numbers matching 1981 Corvette in spectacular original condition with only 49,215 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Maroon Metallic (79) over Camel Leather interior (642) is a very rare and beautiful color combination that looks stunning on the car. It is also the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured in this ad. 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. In our experience the 1980 and 1981 model years draw a good premium over other late C3 Corvettes; this is especially true for very low mileage examples like this car. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured in this ad, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, the extensive list of numbers, video, and information to get a true sense of how nice, clean, and original this Corvette really is.

This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching" proper part numbers and appropriate date codes. The last six digits of the VIN, 401658, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured. Other detailed items such as the intake manifold, distributor, alternator, starter, and even all the windows are correctly dated and original.

A copy of the AutoCheck report for this car is shown in the photos. Please note that it is totally clean and shows no accident history.

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.

Exterior

The Maroon Metallic (79) exterior is in nice driver condition. It is very hard to prove original paint, but we have seen no paint lines, overspray, or any other signs of any type of paintwork or repairs over the years; the AutoCheck report also shows no accident history. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, 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 BF Goodrich Radial TA tires have plenty of 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 there are some very tiny blemishes that were too small to show up in the pictures and some checking in the finish, but nothing that is really noticeably from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield or “birdcage,” which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the windows on this Corvette, the rear window, both door windows, and even the windshield, are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of the September 9, 1980 (B09). Original glass is another great verification that this car has had no accident history and never sustained damage.

Interior

The Camel Leather interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats look almost brand new and have no rips, split seams, or signs of wear at all. They are not worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. The carpet is also in excellent condition with no major stains, holes, or tears. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look great with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are in nice shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The spare is also 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 interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the low original miles.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition.. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. It drives great and feels nice on the road and at highway speeds. In the video in this ad 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. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The car runs cool and does not overheat. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, indicators, and dash lights. Even very detailed items that many buyers do not even know to check like the spare tire light and interior delay light timer all work. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The a/c also works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. The headlights go up quickly and with no effort or binding the mechanism. 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 antenna goes up and down manually. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. The car has no catalytic converter and a very health exhaust note as one can hear in the video. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition



Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in magnificent driver condition. Very low mileage and original examples of the C3 Corvette like this car draw a great premium in the current market. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, and as any buyer can see this Corvette is extremely correct. The originality, the beautiful 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. There are photos in this ad of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, transmission VIN stamp, and transmission casting date. 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.

item
number
description*

VIN
1G1AY8761BS401658
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 1,658th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.

Body Build Date
B09
"B" corresponds to September and "09" is the ninth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 9th, 1980.

Engine Code
V0827
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "08" is the eighth month of year and the "27" is the twenty-seventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on August 27th, 1980.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

Suffix Code
ZDD
This means the motor was intended for a 1981 L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
401658
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 401658, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured in this ad, meaning this engine is original to this car.

Engine Block Casting Number
14010207
The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.

Engine Block Casting Date
F 18 0
"F" denotes the month June, "18" is the eighteenth day of the month, "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, meaning this engine block was cast on June 18th, 1980.

Intake Manifold Casting Number
14033058
The aluminum intake manifold has a correct 14033058 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.

Distributor
1103443
The distributor is original and correct for an L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.

Distributor Date Code
0 C 24
The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March and "24" is the twenty fourth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 24th, 1980. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.

Alternator
1101075
The alternator is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with the HD battery and rear window defroster with 1101075 stamped on the housing.

Alternator Date Code
7210
The "7" is the seventh month of the year, the "21" twenty-first day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning the alternator was made on July 21st, 1980.

Starter
1998217
The starter is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with an automatic transmission with 1998217 stamped on the housing.

Starter Date Code
0 H 21
The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "H" denotes August, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning the starter was made on August 21st, 1980.

Transmission Casting Number
8641319
The main case of the transmission has a 8641319 casting number.

Transmission Casting Date
14 7-80
"14" is the fourteenth day of the month, 7 is the month July, and "80" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was cast on July 14th, 1980.

Transmission VIN Stamping
401658
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 401658, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured in this ad meaning this transmission is original to this car.

Windshield
TZ
"T" denotes the month August, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in August of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.

Drivers Window
IX
"I" denotes the month June, and "X" is the year 1981, meaning this window was made in June of 1981, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.

Passenger Window
VZ
"V" denotes the month December, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in December of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.

Rear Window
TZ
"T" denotes the month August, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in August of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.

exterior color code

79
Maroon Metallic

interior color code

642
Camel

 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YY87
Corvette Sport Coupe

A31
Power Windows

CC1
Removeable Glass Rood Panels (T-Tops)

C49
Rear Window Defogger

C60
Air Conditioning

K30
Cruise Control

MX1
Automatic Transmission

N37
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

N90
Aluminum Wheels

QXH
255/60R15 White Letter Tires

UM6
AM-FM stereo radio with cassette

U75
Power Antenna

U81
Dual Rear Speaker

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Maroon Metallic
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1981
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
49,215

Interior

Interior Color
Camel
exterior color code
79 Maroon Metallic
interior color code
642 Camel

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
CC1 Removeable Glass Rood Panels (T-Tops)
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
K30 Cruise Control
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
UM6 AM-FM stereo radio with cassette
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speaker
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8761BS401658 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 1,658th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date B09 "B" corresponds to September and "09" is the ninth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 9th, 1980.
Engine Code V0827 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "08" is the eighth month of year and the "27" is the twenty-seventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on August 27th, 1980.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for a 1981 L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 401658 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 401658, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured in this ad, meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 14010207 The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date F 18 0 "F" denotes the month June, "18" is the eighteenth day of the month, "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, meaning this engine block was cast on June 18th, 1980.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 The aluminum intake manifold has a correct 14033058 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.
Distributor 1103443 The distributor is original and correct for an L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 0 C 24 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March and "24" is the twenty fourth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 24th, 1980. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Alternator 1101075 The alternator is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with the HD battery and rear window defroster with 1101075 stamped on the housing.
Alternator Date Code 7210 The "7" is the seventh month of the year, the "21" twenty-first day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning the alternator was made on July 21st, 1980.
Starter 1998217 The starter is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with an automatic transmission with 1998217 stamped on the housing.
Starter Date Code 0 H 21 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "H" denotes August, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning the starter was made on August 21st, 1980.
Transmission Casting Number 8641319 The main case of the transmission has a 8641319 casting number.
Transmission Casting Date 14 7-80 "14" is the fourteenth day of the month, 7 is the month July, and "80" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was cast on July 14th, 1980.
Transmission VIN Stamping 401658 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 401658, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured in this ad meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Windshield TZ "T" denotes the month August, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in August of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.
Drivers Window IX "I" denotes the month June, and "X" is the year 1981, meaning this window was made in June of 1981, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.
Passenger Window VZ "V" denotes the month December, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in December of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.
Rear Window TZ "T" denotes the month August, and "Z" is the year 1980, meaning this window was made in August of 1980, therefore this piece of glass is original to the car.
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