1981 Chevrolet Corvette #'s Match, Very Low Miles for sale in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Condition: Used
Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
SubModel: #'s Match, Very Low Miles
Type: Coupe
Trim: #'s Match, Very Low Miles
Doors: 2
Year: 1981
Mileage: 52175
VIN: 1G1AY8765BS422741
Color: Red
Engine size: 350ci
Power options: Air conditioning, Cruise control, Power locks, Power windows, Power seats
Transmission: Automatic
Interior color: Red
Options: Leather seats, Cassette player
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description for Chevrolet Corvette 1981


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 spectacular condition with only 51,175 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Red (75) over Red Leather interior (752) is an iconic and beautiful color combination that looks stunning on the car. It is also the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured in this ad. Red/Red has historically been one of the most desirable and sought-after color combinations for a vintage Corvette. 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, pictured in this ad, 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.

A copy of the Carfax 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 owners manual and T-Top bags are also still with the car.

This Corvette is loaded with great and highly desirable options such as the N90 aluminum wheels and the CC1 glass T-Tops. The car is also numbers matching with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the engine block and the main case of the transmission indicating the engine and transmission are the original units installed in the car new at the factory.

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.


The Red 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 and center caps are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The Cooper Cobra raised white letter tires are literally brand new with less than 10 miles on them. They are correctly sized 255/60R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some very tiny blemishes that were too small to show up in the pictures and a small imperfection by the passenger door lock, but nothing that is really noticeably from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and I 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 window glass on this Corvette, both door windows, the rear window, and even the windshield are all original as each piece predates the car's body build date of March 12, 1981 (H12). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


The Red Leather interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats are in excellent shape and look as good in person as they do in the photos with no rips or split seams. They are not worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is also in excellent 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 door panels are in nice shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. 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. 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 original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life.


This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. 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. 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 smog pump, ignition shielding, and original catalytic converter are still in place.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, wipers, power windows, power locks, power antenna, and the power seat in all 6 directions. All of the gauges work and even the clock runs. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The a/c 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. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below. 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. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, and as any buyer can see this Corvette is extremely correct. The originality, the beautiful original color combination, the excellent overall condition, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. There are photos in this ad of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, transmission VIN stamp, and transmission casting date. 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.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

itemnumberdescriptionVIN1G1AY8765BS422741The 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 22,741st Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO.Body Build DateH12"H" corresponds to March and "12" is the twelfth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 12, 1981.Engine CodeV1211"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The "12" is the twelfth month of year and the "11" is the eleventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on December 11, 1980. This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.Suffix CodeZDDThis means the motor was intended for a 1981 L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.Engine VIN Stamp422741The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 422741, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured in this ad, meaning this engine is original to this car.Engine Block Casting Number14010207The engine block has the correct 14010207 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.Engine Block Casting DateL 10 0The "L" is December, "10" is the tenth day of the month, and "0" is last digit of the calendar year so this engine block was cast on December 10, 1980.Intake Manifold Casting Number14033058The aluminum intake manifold has a correct 14033058 casting number for a 1981 Corvette.Distributor1103443The distributor is original and correct for an L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103443 stamping.Distributor Date Code0J24The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J" denotes September and "24" is the twenty-fourth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on September 24, 1980. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.Carburetor17081228This is correct part number for an automatic 1981 Corvette with an automatic transmission. The "170" means the carb was produced after 1976. The fourth digit, "8," means the carb was built in the 1980's. The fifth digit, "1," means it was built for the 1981 model year. The six digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb. The seventh digit, "2," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "8," means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.Carburetor Date Code0641The firth three digits, "064," indicate the 64th day of the year. The last digit, "1," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1981. So this carburetor was stamped on March 5, 1981.Transmission Casting Number8641319The main case of the transmission has a 8641319 casting number.Transmission Casting Date1-81 5The "1" is the first month of the year, the "81" is year, and the "5" is the fifth day of the month so this transmission main case was cast on January 5, 1981.Transmission VIN Stamping422741The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 422741, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured in this ad meaning this transmission is original to this car.WindshieldLX"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.Driver's WindowXXThe first "X" is February and the second "X" is 1981 so this window is original, made in February of 1981. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Passenger WindowVZ"V" is December and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in December of 1980. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Rear WindowVZ"V" is December and "Z" is 1980 so this window is original, made in December of 1980. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.exterior color code75Redinterior color code752Red Leatherrpo codedescription1YY87Corvette Sport CoupeA31Power WindowsAU3Power Door LocksA42Power Drivers SeatCC1Removeable Glass Rood Panels (T-Tops)C49Rear Window DefoggerC60Air ConditioningD35Sport MirrorsK35Cruise ControlL48350ci V8 EngineMX1Automatic TransmissionN37Tilt and Telescopic Steering ColumnN90Aluminum WheelsQXH255/60R15 White Letter TiresU75Power AntennaUM6AM-FM Radio, Stereo, with Cassette

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