1981 Chevrolet Corvette

$18,900

Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
106,010
Vin
1G1AY8769BS409877
Stock
901027
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. $503 /YEAR insurance
Price
$18,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
106,010
Vin
1G1AY8769BS409877
Stock
901027
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. $503 /YEAR insurance

Extra Clean, #'s Match, EXCELLENT CONDITION, Red/Red, 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 car is finished in the iconic, beautiful, and rare color combination of Red (75) over Medium Red Leather (752) interior that looks stunning on the car. That is also the correct and original color scheme 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. Please peruse all of the photos, video, and information to get a true sense of how nice and clean 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 original owner's manual is also included with the car.

I have personally driven this car about 40 miles recently. During that time the car was completely reliable, had no issues, and was a true pleasure to drive.

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 1980. The last six digits of the VIN, 409877, 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.

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 Red (75) 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 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. There are some other very tiny imperfections around the car and light checking that were too faint to show up in the pictures, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. This Corvette has 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 frame 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 glass, both side windows, the rear window, and even the windshield on this Corvette are all date coded and original, as they predate the car's body build date of November 11, 1980 (D11). 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 clear. The seats are in excellent shape and look just as great in person as they do in the photos with no rips, split seams, or excessive 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 great 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 radio sound nice and gets good reception. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. 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 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. As stated above, we have driven this car about 40 miles with no issues at all. The number matching 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 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; even the original ignition, finned aluminum valve covers, smog pump, air cleaner, and catalytic converter are all still in place.

The radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, horn, wipers, indicators, power windows, and power locks. 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. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. Their complete operation from 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 with 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 magnificent driver condition. The beautiful color combination, the great extent to which the numbers match, and the excellent overall condition make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past years. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. 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 It is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The C3 Corvettes 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
1G1AY8769BS409877
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 9,877th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.

Body Build Date
D11
"D" corresponds to November and "11" is the eleventh day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is November 11th, 1980.

Engine Code
V1103
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "11" is the eleventh month of year and the "03" is the third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on November 3rd, 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 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
409877
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409877, 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 29 0
"A" is January, "29" is the twenty ninth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on January 29th, 1980. 

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

Distributor
1103343
This distributor is correct and original for a 81 corvette with a 1103343 stamping.

Distributor Date Code
0 K 21
"0" is the last digit of the calendar year, "K" is the month, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning this distributor was made on November 21st, 1980.

Carburetor
17081218
This carburetor is correct and original for a 1981 corvette with an automatic transmission

Carburetor Date Code
2810
"281" is the 281st day from January 1st 1980, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on October 8th, 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.

Driver's Window
GZ
"G" is April and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in April of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger  Window
GZ
"G" is April and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in April of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

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

Transmission Date Code
15-10-80
"15" is the fifteenth day of the month, "10" is the tenth month of the year, "80" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was made on September 15th, 1980.

Transmission VIN Stamping
409877
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409877, are stamped on the Transmission and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.

exterior color code

75
Red

interior color code

752
Medium Red

 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YY87
Corvette Sport Coupe

AU3
Power Door Locks

C49
Rear Window Defogger

C60
Air Conditioning

MX0
Automatic Transmission

N90
Aluminum Wheels

QBS
225/70R15 White Letter Tires

U58
AM-FM Radio, Stereo

U81
Dual Rear Speakers

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Red (75)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1981
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
106,010

Interior

Interior Color
Medium Red (752)
exterior color code
75 Red
interior color code
752 Medium Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YY87 Corvette Sport Coupe
AU3 Power Door Locks
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
MX0 Automatic Transmission
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QBS 225/70R15 White Letter Tires
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
item number description*
VIN 1G1AY8769BS409877 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 9,877th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.
Body Build Date D11 "D" corresponds to November and "11" is the eleventh day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is November 11th, 1980.
Engine Code V1103 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "11" is the eleventh month of year and the "03" is the third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on November 3rd, 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 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 409877 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409877, 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 29 0 "A" is January, "29" is the twenty ninth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on January 29th, 1980. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14033058 This Intake manifold is correct and original for a 1981 Corvette.
Distributor 1103343 This distributor is correct and original for a 81 corvette with a 1103343 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 0 K 21 "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, "K" is the month, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning this distributor was made on November 21st, 1980.
Carburetor 17081218 This carburetor is correct and original for a 1981 corvette with an automatic transmission
Carburetor Date Code 2810 "281" is the 281st day from January 1st 1980, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on October 8th, 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.
Driver's Window GZ "G" is April and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in April of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window GZ "G" is April and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in April of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window TZ "T" is August and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in August of 1980.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Transmission Date Code 15-10-80 "15" is the fifteenth day of the month, "10" is the tenth month of the year, "80" is the last 2 digits of the calendar year, meaning this transmission was made on September 15th, 1980.
Transmission VIN Stamping 409877 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409877, are stamped on the Transmission and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.
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