1981 Chevrolet Corvette

$17,900

Price
$17,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
60,500
Vin
1G1AY8768BS419218
Stock
901001
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. $466 /YEAR insurance
Price
$17,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
60,500
Vin
1G1AY8768BS419218
Stock
901001
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. $466 /YEAR insurance

Only 60,500 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 condition with only 60,500 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Mahogany Metallic (06) over Cinnabar Leather interior (672) 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. Cinnabar is a very unique and attractive trim color and was only available for one year, 1981. What makes this Corvette even more rare is that Mahogany Metallic was also a one year only color for 1981 and had very low production of only 1,092.

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 and premium 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.

A copy of the AutoCheck report for this car is shown in the photos. Please note that it is totally clean, shows no accident history, and verifies the low mileage as original. The car also comes with the original manual.

Besides the correct paint and trim codes, this Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed in the car new at the factory in 1981. The last six digits of the VIN, 419218, are stamped on the engine pad 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.

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 Mahogany Metallic (06) exterior is in fantastic driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. The car exhibits nice body panel fit overall and 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 raised white letter tires have plenty of tread left and are correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major blemishes that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. As one would expect with a paintjob with many years on it, there are some very minor chips and imperfections around the car, but nothing that is noticeable 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 we 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.

This car is exceptionally rare as in 1981 a rear hatch was installed on this vehicle when it was brand new. The rear hatch is similar to the 1982 Collection Edition hatch. There is a sticker in the door jam showing that the rear hatch was installed be Cars in Concepts in February of 1981.

Window Date Codes

Please note that almost all of the glass on this Corvette, the rear window and both door windows are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of the February 6, 1981 (G06). Original glass is another great verification that this car has had no accident history and never sustained damage.

Interior

The Cinnabar Leather (672) interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The seats look in person just as they do in the photos with a few spots of wear. Please note that these appear to be the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The door panels are in great shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. Also, unlike many other C3 Corvettes, the door panels fit well and tight to the door. The jack is with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The spare is also still with the car. Please note that both seat belts work and retract properly. This is a common problem on C3 Corvettes and an issue many buyers do not think to check. 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 and another great verification of the very low original mileage.

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 transmission shifts well throughout the power band. 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 original smog pump is still in place as well as the correct and original air cleaner, finned aluminum valve covers, and catalytic converter.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, indicators, and dash lights; even the key buzzer still works. All of the gauges work including the clock. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. The headlights go up quickly, evenly, 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 power antenna does not work. The air conditioning system has been converted to the more modern r134a refrigerant, but does not work so it may need to be recharged. 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 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 and rare original color combination, the excellent overall condition, the low original mileage, 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.

Other sellers are not taking the time to show the car is in such great detail to give you all of the numbers, options, photos, and video. As stated above, numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially for an exceptional example like this car, and will become even more important as time passes and this car becomes older and even more rare. This information is very valuable and important for pricing. Any perspective buyer, for any of our vehicles or from other sellers, should ask for all the numbers and information before he or she makes a purchase.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

item
number
description*

VIN
1G1AY8768BS419218
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 19,218th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.

Body Build Date
G 06
"G" corresponds to February and "06" is the sixth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is February 6th, 1981.

Engine Code
V0122
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "01" is the first month of year and the "22" is the twenty second day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 22nd, 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

Suffix Code
ZDD
This means the motor was intended for a 1980 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
419218
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 419218, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, 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
A 7 1
"A" is January, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on January 7th, 1981. 

Intake Manifold Casting Number
14033058
This Intake manifold is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.

Alternator
1107075
This Alternator is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette

Driver's Window
VZ
"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.

Passenger  Window
VZ
"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.

Rear Window
UA
"I" is June and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in June of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Transmission Casting Date
1-12-80
The "8" is the eighth month of the year, the "77" is the year, and the "2" is the day so this transmission main case was cast on August 2nd, 1977, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.

Transmission VIN Stamping
419218
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 419218, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.

 

exterior color code

6
Mahogany Metallic

interior color code

672
Medium Cinnabar

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YY87
Corvette Sport Coupe

A31
Power Windows

AU3
Power Door Locks

A42
Power Drivers Seat

CC1
Removeable Glass Rood Panels (T-Tops)

C49
Rear Window Defogger

C60
Air Conditioning

D35
Sport Mirrors

L48
350ci V8 Engine

MX1
Automatic Transmission

N37
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

N90
Aluminum Wheels

QXH
255/60R15 White Letter Tires

U58
AM-FM Radio, Stereo

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Mahogany Metallic (06)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1981
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
60,500

Interior

Interior Color
Medium Cinnabar (672)

 

exterior color code
6 Mahogany Metallic
interior color code
672 Medium Cinnabar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
AU3 Power Door Locks
A42 Power Drivers Seat
CC1 Removeable Glass Rood Panels (T-Tops)
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8768BS419218 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 19,218th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date G 06 "G" corresponds to February and "06" is the sixth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is February 6th, 1981.
Engine Code V0122 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "01" is the first month of year and the "22" is the twenty second day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 22nd, 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for a 1980 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 419218 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 419218, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, 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 A 7 1 "A" is January, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on January 7th, 1981. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 This Intake manifold is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.
Alternator 1107075 This Alternator is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette
Driver's Window VZ "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.
Passenger  Window VZ "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.
Rear Window UA "I" is June and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in June of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Transmission Casting Date 1-12-80 The "8" is the eighth month of the year, the "77" is the year, and the "2" is the day so this transmission main case was cast on August 2nd, 1977, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.
Transmission VIN Stamping 419218 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 419218, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
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