Just found this super nice and a very solid original 1981 Corvette Sport Coupe. Super rare color combination in Black exterior with Red leather interior. Only 29,496 actual miles on this car and documented with a clean CarFax vehicle history report along with odometer statements, window sticker, invoice, and owners manual. 1981 was the first year to see a 17 digit VIN # so a vehicle history report can be run on these models. This car was recently purchased out of the Chicago area as the previous owner has had about 2 years. He purchased the car from a new Chevrolet store at that time,was given an inspection on the car. All new brakes were installed along with fluids changed. Everything is operable and working on the Corvette and does drive out smoothly and like a 29,000 mile car should be. The car for the most part is an all original “Survivor” car with its original paint, interior, engine, drivetrain and undercarriage. Tires have been replaced along with the battery and some belts over the years. It does still retain things like the original alternator, exhaust system with catalytic converter, original headlight bulbs, decals, and some inspection markings are still visible. The body and frame is very good, with little surface corrosion that we plan to address and detail. What we do is get a car like this in and go through it to the best of our knowledge and try and bring it back to the condition as if it was the day it rolled off the assembly line. This car does not need much, but does have some dust and minor surface corrosion from being in a garage for much of its like. We will address those items and clean them along with refreshing any nuts and bolts to really dial the car in for a show car look. This Corvette has never been undercoated and does still look nice and presentable in all areas just like it is. The window glass is excellent and all original to the car. The front and rear urethane bumpers still look good with no stress cracking. Little to no rock nicks as well on the paint. We will give it a real nice buff and wax to bring the luster back into the paint. The wheels are nice but we will polish them out to give them that show finish. The tires have been recently replaced and are BF/Goodrich T/A ones that are white lettered. Sizes are all matching and are P225/70-R15.
Original spare tire and wheel is still underneath this car along with the jack and lug wrench as well as the original t-top storage bags. I do have an original sales brochure that goes with the car too. About the only non-original item on this Corvette is the radio. I did just recently acquire an original Delco cassette tape radio with the digital clock, just like what would have been back in 1981. I have not yet installed it.
The interior on this Corvette is very nice and fresh. Non-smoker vehicle and all gages still look very fresh and crisp. No fading on upholstery, carpet, dash or door panels. There is a small tear in the driver’s side seat which is common and we plan on getting that corrected right away. The steering wheel looks nice with no wear, even the original floor mats and center plastic console is still in excellent condition for the age. No tears in the floor mats or carpeting and no stains as well. Seat belts are all original with the labels still intact and no dirty stains from hands,as this red is a lighter color and will tend to show dirt and wear easier. The rear battery tray is not broken, all lighting is working, and even the door buzzer still sounds when the door is open. Just another nice example of an original 1981 Corvette in a rare color combintation with low mileage.
This Corvette originally listed new for $17,156.52
Originally delivered to Gene Wesner Chevrolet Inc.
201 Red Bud Trail N
Buchanan, Michigan 49107
VIN # 1G1AY8760BS415874
This was the 15,874th Corvette made out of 40,606 Total Produced.
Only 4,712 were built in Black Exterior Paint. This number does not even
Account for how rare it would be with the red interior.
Actual Build Date Of This Corvette Was Thursday January 8th, 1981.
AU3 Power Door Locks
A42 Power Six-Way Driver’s Seat
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QGR White Lettered Radial Tires P225/70-R15
UM6 AM/FM Radio, etr stereo with cassette player
U75 Power Antenna
Paint Code Y19L Black Exterior
Interior Code Y752 Red Leather Bucket
OTHER STANDARD FEATURES FOR THE 1981 MODEL INCLUDE:
L-81 5.7 Liter (350 CID) 4-BBL - V8 Engine (Last Year For The Carburetor)
MX1 Automatic Transmission
Power 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Leather Wrapped Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
Removable T-Top Roof Panels (Painted To Match Exterior Color)
Heavy Duty Battery
Anti-Theft Alarm System
Limited Slip Rear Axle
Independent Front And Rear Suspension
Computer Command Control System
And The List Goes On…
INTERESTING 1981 CORVETTE FACTS:
The 1981 Corvette was the first model year to be built simultaneously in two locations. The first Corvette was completed at the new Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly line on June 1, 1981. The last Corvette built at St. Louis was completed on August 1, 1981.
Although there were no engine options for 1981, the base 350ci, 190 hp L81 engine was certified for sale in all states including California with both 4-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Exterior styling carried over from 1980, but emblems did change slightly.
The tubular stainless steel exhaust manifolds used in 1980 models, were standard on all 1981 Corvettes.
Chevrolet’s “Computer Command Control” used on 1980 Corvettes sold in California became standard on all 1981 Corvettes. The system automatically adjusted ignition timing and air-fuel mixture.
Chevrolet introduced a fiberglass-reinforced monoleaf rear spring for 1981 Corvettes equipped with automatic transmissions and standard suspensions. The plastic spring weighed eight pounds compared to forty-four pounds for the steel unit it replaced.
The anti-theft alarm system was improved in 1981 by the addition of an ignition interrupt to prevent engine start.
All 1981 valve covers were magnesium for weight reduction.
For improved fuel economy, 1981 Corvettes with automatic transmissions had torque converter clutches for second and third gears.
A detail change to the 1981 Corvette interior was the color-keying of the headlamp and windshield wiper switch bezels to the interior color. In 1980, they were black regardless of interior color.
A power seat became available in Corvettes for the first time in 1981 as RPO A42. It was available for the driver’ side only.
Engine compartments were all dressed nicely like the previous optional L-82 engines from 1980. That included a nice chrome air cleaner lid as well as the upgraded finned valve covers. The engine compartments for 1981 were a nice finish touch to end the carburetor era.
Carried over from 1980, the engineers trimmed weight by using lower density roof panels, reducing the thickness of hood and outer doors, and using aluminum for the differential housing and crossmember. The aluminum intake manifold was standard equipment.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT NEW FOR 1981:
Fiberglass -reinforced Monoleaf rear spring, 350 V8 now standard in all states including California, Advanced Computer Command emission system now standard, Improved Delco Freedom II maintenance-free battery, Lightweight magnesium valve rocker covers in black with ribbed surface, Chrome plated air cleaner cover, Stainless-steel, free flow exhaust manifolds weigh less, reduce back pressure, Auxiliary electric fan cuts in only when supplemental engine cooling is needed. This allows use of a smaller engine-driven fan with fewer, lower pitched blades for reduced fan drag and quieter operation, Improved anti-theft alarm system with starter-interrupt feature to disable starting circuit if forced entry is made, even if ignition switch is bypassed. System is armed by using manual or power lock control on driver’s door while door is open; door key locks disarm system ( key is not required for arming), Quartz-crystal-movement clock.
MORE STANDARD EQUIPMENT:
5.7 Liter (350 Cu. In.) 4-Bbl.V8 engine, four-speed fully synchronized manual or automatic transmission with converter clutch feature in both intermediate and drive ranges, 24 gallon fuel tank, Air conditioning, Power windows, Dual remote sport mirrors, Tilt-Telescopic steering wheel, Convenience Group with time-delay dome and courtesy lights, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, color-keyed floor mats, intermittent windshield wipers and lighted right hand visor vanity mirror. AM/FM radio with dual front speakers, Body-colored front bumper cover with integral air dam, Cornering lights, Functional black-accented front fender louvers, Body-colored rear bumper cover with integral spoiler, Removable roof panels, Telescoping left-hand sunshade for shielding from side glare, Large rear stowage compartment with concealment shade, Inside hood release, High-Energy Ignition System, P225/70R-15B Steel-belted radial ply blackwall tires, Wide 15-by-8-inch Rally Wheels, Power disc brakes at all four wheels, Limited slip rear axle, Fully independent four-wheel suspension system, Power steering, Exhaust valve rotators, Delcotron generator with built-in-solid-state regulator, Hydraulic valve lifters, Front stabilizer bar, Tinted glass in all windows, Frame structure with corrosion-resistant coating, Hide-A-Way windshield wipers with integral washers in wiper arms, Power operated retractable headlamps with halogen hi-beam inner units, Corrosion-resistant steel-reinforced fiberglass body with partial steel underbody, Acoustical insulation package,
Day/Night inside rearview mirror, Special sport-styled 3-spoke steering wheel with leather rim cover, Aircraft style center console, Bucket seats with folding seat backs and inertia seat back locks, Electronic tachometer (7000 rpm), Voltmeter, oil pressure, fuel and temperature gages, Separate trip odometer, Console-mounted parking brake control, Cut-pile carpeting, Cigar lighter and ashtray, Color-keyed seat and shoulder belts, Roof courtesy light with automatic door switches.
1981 models are a good year and fast appreciating as well. This color combination is a hard one to come by and we personally have not had many come through our shop. Won’t last!
Additional photos of the car in its detailing process coming soon.