This 1981 Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe was actually sold new here locally in Springfield Missouri at Reliable Chevrolet at which they
are still in business. Only 22,063 miles are showing on the odometer
And basically still all original in excellent survivor condition. Only a few things have been changed such as the tires, battery, belts, hoses and the aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM cassette stereo. The paint is very nice and shows well. A real unique color combination. The colors are called Charcoal Metallic with Silver Leather Interior. The paint has very few imperfections which is amazing for the age. Other than a small place on the front of the nose the rest of the car looks like it has been redone but has not. The metallic paint really shows well in the sun and the car looks great inside under the lights. The body lines are very nice, the window glass is excellent, original date coded glass t-tops are near perfect condition with not even a scratch, the weatherstripping still looks great, the engine, chassis, and interior look as good as the top side of the finish of the car. Still all original engine compartment, nothing has been altered or abused. All original exhaust system in excellent condition and even still has all of the smog equipment and catalytic converter! The underside is still very clean with many inspection and chalk markings from the factory. You can definitely tell the car was not driven in any types of bad weather nor rain. The frame is excellent, no rust or even pitting. This all comes down to how well it was taken care of and stored for all of these years. You can have a low mileage car that does not need refinishing if it was kept up right. The interior is all original as well with the leather seats in nice condition along with the door panels, dash pad assembly, instruments and console. The rear storage compartment still retains its original jack and lug wrench as well as the t-top storage bags. Carpeting has no wear nor stains. Non-smoker vehicle too. Instruments all work including the clock. Headlights, wipers all function properly. Air conditioning still is in working condition. I would not be afraid to get into this corvette and take it on a road trip if desired. These models are fun to drive and are fast appreciating because they are still affordable and you do get alot of car for the money.
This Corvette is nicely equipped and options are:
Power Door Locks
Removable Glass T-Top Roof Panels
Electric Rear Window Defogger
Automatic Speed Control W/Resume Speed
5.7L (L-81) Engine 350 C.I. V8 4-BBL
AM/FM Stereo Radio W/Power Antenna & Dual Rear Speakers
Standard Emissions System
P225/70R15 B/F Goodrich Radial T/A Tires White Lettered
Charcoal Metallic Exterior Color
Silver Leather Interior Color
Other standard features on this corvette include air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power disc brakes, leather wrapped steering wheel, tilt/telescopic steering column, anti-theft alarm system, independent front and rear suspension, intermittent windshield wipers, 60/40 folding seats, and the list goes on.
1981 was the last production year for the corvette to be built in St. Louis Missouri. This actual Corvette was built on Thursday October 30th, 1980 and was the 8,382nd car built.
A total of 40,606 Corvettes were built in 1981.
Only 3,485 were made in Charcoal Metallic in 1981 at the St. Louis Assembly Plant. With the Silver Interior it is less than that but do not have the actual numbers.
This Corvette is documented with the original partial build sheet as shown, copy of the original invoice, window sticker, owners manual, sales brochure, many original registration papers dating back to 1992, Clean AutoCheck Vehicle History Report, (1981 was the first year for a 17 digit VIN # so a CarFax, AutoCheck History Reports can be run on the car. Other information pertaining to the 1981 model year also included with the car.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS TO THE 1981 MODEL YEAR:
The 1981 Corvette was the first model year to be built simultaneously in two locations. The first Corvette was completed at the 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 350 ci, 190 hp L-81 engine was certified for sale in all 50 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 for 1980 Corvettes sold in California with the LG4 305ci engine, were standard with the 1981 base engine. Chevrolet’s “computer command control” used on 1980 Corvettes sold in California became standard equipment 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 choice.
The 1981 Corvette was the last model to have a manual transmission available until well into the 1984 production year.
This was also the last year for the factory to use lacquer paints. Bowling Green assembly started using enamel basecoats followed by clear topcoats.
This was also the last production year to see a carburetor on a Corvette.
The base price of a 1981 Corvette was $15,247.52.
This Corvette listed new back in 1981 for $16,829.52