1981 Chevrolet Corvette

$18,900

Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
89,265
Vin
1G1AY8768B5103543
Stock
901009
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. $485 /YEAR insurance
Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
89,265
Vin
1G1AY8768B5103543
Stock
901009
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. $485 /YEAR insurance

Charcoal Metallic/Silver Leather, EXCELLENT CONDITION, Loaded, 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 excellent condition. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Charcoal Metallic over Silver Leather interior is a very rare and beautiful color combination that looks stunning on the car. 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. 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.

There is service history and dozens of receipts and that go with the car for maintenance and repairs over the years. The receipts total over $9,500 so the car has been very well maintained. We purchased this car from a gentleman who owned the car for twenty-two years. He said that he purchased the car from the original owner in 2000.

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. This Corvette is loaded with great and highly desirable options such as high-performance Gymkhana Suspension, N90 aluminum wheels, Power Door Locks, Glass T-Tops, and the glass T-Tops. The original owns manual is also still included with the car.

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 Charcoal Metallic exterior is in excellent driver condition. 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. The BF Goodrich Radial TA tires have about 90% tread left and are correctly sized 255/60R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some very tiny blemishes that were too small to show up in the pictures, 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, both door windows, the rear window, and the windshield are all original as each piece predates the car's body build date of fifth week of July, 1981 (07E). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Silver interior in this Corvette is in great condition. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. The seats look just as good in person as they do in the photos with some minor wear. They are not overly worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is also in nice condition with no holes or tears. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look good with no cracks. The door panels are in nice shape overall unlike many Corvettes of the ear they fit well and tight to the door. 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 mileage.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. As stated above the car has over $9,500 in in receipts with the car so it is very well mechanically sorted. 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. There is no bule smoke when starting or driving the car. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and highly detailed as one can see in the photos.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, indicators, rear window defogger, dash lights, power seat in all six directions, and the power mirrors in all eight directions. The air conditioning 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 blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds but high. The power locks do not work. The car has a very healthy exhaust note with no catalytic converter 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.

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 the engine is started.

Overall Condition



Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in fantastic driver condition. The originality, the beautiful color combination, the excellent overall 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.

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
1G1AY8768B5103543
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 "5" is the plant where the car was produced, Bowling Green. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 31,086th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.

Body Build Date
07E
The "07" is the seventh month of the year and the "E" is the fifth week of the month so this Corvette's body build date is the fifth week of July 1981.

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

Engine Block Casting Date
G 1 1
"G" is July, "1" is the first day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on July 1st, 1981. 

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

Distributor
1103445
This distributor is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.

Distributor Date Code
1 C 2
"1" is the last digit of the calendar year, "C" denotes the month March, and "2" is the second day of the month meaning this distributor was made on March 2nd, 1981.

Carburetor
17081228
This carburetor is correct and original for a 1981 corvette with an automatic transmission

Carburetor Date Code
1781
"178" is the 178th day from January 1st 1981, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on June 27th, 1981.

Windshield
IX
"I" is June and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in June of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Drivers Window
JX
"J" is May and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in May of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger Window
YJ
"Y" is October and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in October of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Rear Window
UX
"U" is July and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in July of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

exterior color codes

39
Charcoal

interior color code

13I
Charcoal Leather

 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YY87
Corvette Sport Coupe

AU3
Power Door Locks

A31
Power Windows

CC1
Removable Glass Roof Panels

C49
Rear Window Defogger

D35
Sport Mirrors

FE7
Gymkhana Suspension

J50
Power Brakes

K35
Cruise Control

MM4
Automatic Transmission

N37
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column

N41
Power Steering

QBS
255/60R15 White Letter Tires

U81
Dual Rear Speaker

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Charcoal (39)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1981
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
89,265

Interior

Interior Color
Charcoal
exterior color codes
39 Charcoal
interior color code
13I Charcoal Leather

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
A31 Power Windows
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
C49 Rear Window Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension
J50 Power Brakes
K35 Cruise Control
MM4 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
N41 Power Steering
QBS 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
U81 Dual Rear Speaker
item number description
VIN 1G1AY8768B5103543 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 "5" is the plant where the car was produced, Bowling Green. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 31,086th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date 07E The "07" is the seventh month of the year and the "E" is the fifth week of the month so this Corvette's body build date is the fifth week of July 1981.
Engine Block Casting Number 14010207 The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date G 1 1 "G" is July, "1" is the first day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on July 1st, 1981. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 This Intake manifold is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.
Distributor 1103445 This distributor is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.
Distributor Date Code 1 C 2 "1" is the last digit of the calendar year, "C" denotes the month March, and "2" is the second day of the month meaning this distributor was made on March 2nd, 1981.
Carburetor 17081228 This carburetor is correct and original for a 1981 corvette with an automatic transmission
Carburetor Date Code 1781 "178" is the 178th day from January 1st 1981, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on June 27th, 1981.
Windshield IX "I" is June and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in June of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Drivers Window JX "J" is May and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in May of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger Window YJ "Y" is October and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in October of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window UX "U" is July and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in July of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
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