We recently acquired this 1981 Corvette T-Top Coupe. Real nice original Survivor car with much of the original paint and interior in nice presentable condition. The car was sold new at Van Chevrolet in Kansas and has been there for its entire life until we acquired the car and brought it back to Nixa. We did drive the car back on the 200 mile trip with no issues and the a/c does still work. Great driving car that goes down the road straight and performs well. No overheating issues and idles fine in traffic. This is one of those nice original examples that has been left alone for the most part and well maintained with receipts and history. Not too many of these cars were black on black and equipped with the manual transmission making it a rare 1981 model.

The overall condition of the paint and body is very good and presentable. It appears to be mostly all original paint with no evidence of damage or repairs to any of the fiberglass. The car does have a few nick chips as expected due to the age and mileage of the car but does not need a complete repaint. It has a nice shine all of the exterior trim and window glass is in great shape. The t-tops fit well and the front and rear bumpers are original and in excellent shape with no warping as these models tend to do. The front spoiler is still intact and is not all messed up from running up on a curb as these 80-82 model front bumpers and spoilers do set low to the ground. The aluminum wheels have been replaced with a new set of chrome reproductions that look excellent on the car with newer BF/Goodrich Radial T/A tires installed.

The interior of this car is very nice. I don’t think you will find an 81 much better on the interior. The carpeting, door panels, dash, seats, and all trim are original and in excellent condition with little to no wear showing at all. The leather wrapped original steering wheel has no significant wear and the original carpeted floor mats are in amazingly great shape with no holes where they usually show from the heel of you foot. The gauges all function with the exception of the amp gauge as we have not had the time to trouble shoot that. The leather seats are very good and the interior plastic trim moldings are not faded or cracked. You can definitely tell that this car was kept inside and out of the elements. The radio has been replaced with a nice retro-style one that fits exactly like the original one and included with the sale is the original radio. The optional power antenna still operates too. The center console and upper dash console are excellent and the lenses still look nice and fresh. All of the lighting on the inside still function and the original seat belts still look like new. The original jack and lug wrench are intact and the two t-top storage bags are still in the back like it should be.
The interior on this Corvette is a strong 2+ rating.

The overall condition is excellent and original, showing little aging. No rot or rust on the frame or birdcage. This Corvette was Sold new in Kansas and wasn’t exposed to the harsh winter elements of a northern car. All of the original exhaust system including the catalytic converter and smog equipment are still intact! Several original inspection markings are visible and can be seen when on a lift. Original spare tire compartment, wheel, tire, is all there. There has been several dollars spent on mechanical things just in the past few years including brake calipers, brake pads, master cylinder, power steering components, brake fluid flush, Delco battery, new distributor and spark plug wires, original carburetor rebuilt, fuel filter, antifreeze coolant flush, and numerous routine oil changes and regular services. This Corvette also has had the air conditioning system reworked with a new compressor and converted to R134 and works excellent. Excellent driving car that goes down the road straight and the tires are balanced out smoothly. The engine performs well in down driving and out on the road.

L-81 5.7L 350 CI V8 Engine (4-BBL Carburetor)
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension
C49 Electric Rear Window Defogger
UM6 Electric Tuned Stereo Radio W/Cassette Tape
U75 Power Antenna
19L Paint Code = Black
192 Interior Code = Black Leather Bucket

Other standard equipment includes air conditioning that does work on this vehicle and retrofitted to R134, power windows, power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, dual sport mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tinted glass, limited slip rear axle, anti-theft alarm system, computer command control system, and independent front and rear suspension.

Window Sticker with a copy of the original dealer invoice
Original Pre-Delivery Inspection Dated 3/17/81
Original Odometer Statement from the original selling Dealership
Original Vehicle Service Contract
Original Deposit Slip When vehicle was ordered
Original VAN Chevrolet Paper envelope for the manuals
Original Sales Brochure and Owners Manual
Original Delco Radio Operations Brochure
Original 1981 POWER PROTECTION PLUS Brochure
Original Goodyear Tire Brochure
Original 1981 Consumer Information Brochure
Odometer statement and an original Kansas title
CarFax Vehicle History Report showing mileage as actual
And owner history back to new. (1981 was the first year for a 17
Digit VIN # so a CarFax History Report is available on this vehicle)
Original Owner Reported on April 29th, 1981 according the the CarFax
Several original service receipts over the years on maintenance

VIN # 1G1AY8769BS422323
Original Production Date Of This Corvette Was Tuesday March 10th, 1981.
A total of 40,606 Corvettes were built in 1981.
Only 4,712 were painted black for this year.
Only 5,557 had the 4-Speed manual transmission for 1981.

This was the last year to see a Carburetor on a Corvette
This was the last year to see a 4-Speed manual transmission until well into the 1984 model year
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 350 ci, 190hp 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 for 1980 Corvettes sold in California with the LG4 305 ci engine, were standard with the 1981 base engine.
Chevrolet’s “computer command control” became standard equipment in all 1981 Corvettes. The system automatically adjusted ignition timing and air-fuel mixture.
Chevrolet introduced a fiberglass-reinforced mono leaf rear spring for the 1981 model year. 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.
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 regardess of interior color.
Most solid colored 1981 Corvettes were St. Louis produced and the two-tones were Bowling Green produced ones; however there were reported about 100 two-tones built in St. Louis but may have been used for GM employees and not offered to retail customers.


1981 Corvette T-Top Sport Coupe
Rare Factory 4-Speed Car, Black On Black and Sold new in Kansas. Original Survivor Car! Last Year For a Carburetor On A Corvette!
Stock # 538
$23,500 SOLD
Rating # 2-