1981 Chevrolet Corvette

$25,900

Price
$25,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
30,775
Vin
1G1AY8762BS424799
Stock
901012
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. $611 /YEAR insurance
Price
$25,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
30,775
Vin
1G1AY8762BS424799
Stock
901012
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. $611 /YEAR insurance

Only 30,775 Miles, FANTASTIC CONDITION, #'s Match, White/Red, PRICED TO SELL!!

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Please call Greg directly at 513-200-9226 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this beautiful 1981 Corvette in Excellent condition with only 30,775 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The White (10) over Red Leather interior (752) is an iconic 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; 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 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.

Besides the correct paint and trim codes this Corvette is completely "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. Virtually every part we checked on the car is correct with the proper part numbers and appropriate date codes. We have run the numbers on literally hundreds of Corvettes over the years and there are very few that are so correct and original as this car. Even very detailed parts like the distributor, carburetor, alternator, starter and even all of the glass is all date coded and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 424799, 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.

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 owner's manual and warranty booklet.

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 White (10) exterior is in fantastic 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 original N90 aluminum wheels are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The raised white letter tires are brand new with less than 50 miles on them. They are also correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. This Corvette has absolutely no rust issues. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean underneath. 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, 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 glass on this Corvette, both door windows, windshield, the rear window, and EVEN BOTH GLASS T-TOPS are all original as each piece predates the car's body build date of March 31, 1981 (H31). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Red Leather (752) interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. The dash and console look great with no cracks or sun fading. The original radio works well and gets good reception. Most importantly, the dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The door panels are in nice shape and the door pulls are solid and intact. The seats are in excellent condition and look just as good in person as they do in the photos. There is just a small spot or wear in the typical area on bolster where the driver gets in and out. 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 condition with no major stains or tears. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The original spare is still with the car and has never been used. 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 burn marks and no aroma of cigarettes.

The original T-Top bags are still with the car.

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.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The numbers matching L81 engine 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 ignition shielding, catalytic converter, and smog pump are all still in place as well as the correct and original air cleaner and finned aluminum valve covers.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, indicators, dash lights, radio, rear window defogger, and power locks, which is a very common problem on C3 Corvettes; even the key buzzer still works. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The air conditioning itself 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, 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. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. 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. Ultra-low mileage examples of the C3 like this car are very difficult to find and draw a huge premium in the current market. The originality, the very low mileage, the documentation, 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. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, and as any buyer can see this Corvette is extremely correct. There are photos in this ad of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, and transmission VIN stamp. 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
1G1AY8762BS424799
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 24,799th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.

Body Build Date
H31
"H" corresponds to March and "31" is the thirty first day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 31st, 1981.

Engine Code
V0318
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 18th 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

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

Engine VIN Stamp
424799
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 424799, 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
G 2 1
"G" is July, "2" is the second day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on July 2nd, 1981. 

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

Alternator
1101075
This alternator is correct for a 1981 Corvette with a 1101075 stamping.

Starter
1998217
This starter is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with a 1998217 stamping on this housing.

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

Carburetor Date Code
0 571
"571" is the 571st day from January 1st 1979, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on July 25th, 1980.

Windshield
YZ
"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.

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

Drivers T top
XX
"X" is February and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in March of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger T Top
LX
"L" is March and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in March of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

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

Transmission Date Code
2-5-81
"2" is the second day of the month, "5" is the fifth month of the year, "81" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was made on May 2nd, 1981.

Transmission VIN Stamping
424799
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 424799, are stamped on the Transmission and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.

exterior color code

10
White

interior color code

752
Red

 


 


 


 


 


 

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

K30
Cruise Control

L48
350ci V8 Engine

MX1
Automatic Transmission

N37
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

N90
Aluminum Wheels

QGB
225/70R15 White Letter Tires

UM6
AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette

U81
Dual Rear Speakers

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
White (10)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1981
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
30,775

Interior

Interior Color
Red
exterior color code
10 White
interior color code
752 Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGB 225/70R15 White Letter Tires
UM6 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8762BS424799 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 24,799th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date H31 "H" corresponds to March and "31" is the thirty first day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 31st, 1981.
Engine Code V0318 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 18th 1981.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZDD This means the motor was intended for a 1981 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 424799 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 424799, 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 G 2 1 "G" is July, "2" is the second day of the month, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on July 2nd, 1981. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 This Intake manifold is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.
Alternator 1101075 This alternator is correct for a 1981 Corvette with a 1101075 stamping.
Starter 1998217 This starter is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette with a 1998217 stamping on this housing.
Carburetor 17081228 This carburetor is correct and original for a 1981 corvette with an automatic transmission
Carburetor Date Code 0 571 "571" is the 571st day from January 1st 1979, and "1" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on July 25th, 1980.
Windshield YZ "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.
Drivers Window LX "L" is March and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in March of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Drivers T top XX "X" is February and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in March of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger T Top LX "L" is March and "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in March of 1981.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window CZ "C" is November and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in November of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Transmission Date Code 2-5-81 "2" is the second day of the month, "5" is the fifth month of the year, "81" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was made on May 2nd, 1981.
Transmission VIN Stamping 424799 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 424799, are stamped on the Transmission and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.
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