For Sale: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette in JEFFERSON, Wisconsin


Vehicle Description

This great car came to me from a friend in Southern Indiana.  He is a careful and deliberate buyer who knows quality and value well.  Like myself, he is tall.  He decided it was time to enjoy a car that was easier for him to get in and out of.  So we traded and this car was part of the deal.

What drew me to this car is the combination of the low mileage, 20041, and the originality.  On top of the originality is the fact that all features are functioning properly.  This car didn’t get driven much, but is was maintained.

The paint, glass, upholstery, carpet, dash, gauges, and exhaust are original from the St. Louis factory.  This car is a time capsule that is a resource for restorers and yet is in fantastic condition.

The Charcoal Gray paint has not been touched up or resprayed.  It exhibits just a few areas of imperfection that are common with cars from this era.  But it has never been damaged and looks remarkable for being original. 

The glass is original to the car.  A tint has been added to the side and rear window.  The rear has a factory installed defogger.

The interior is amazing.  Obviously this car has always been garage kept and adult driven.  The black upholstery is great and shows just a few minor flaws.  You have to inspect it very closely to see them.  The carpet is original and is not worn.  The kick panels are original as is the dash covering.  It is amazing that all of this survived so well.

The gauges all work properly.  Even the clock is still functional.  In fact, every feature on this car is working properly.  Even the underbody light that illuminates the area by the spare tire is working.  The power windows run up and down at a fast pace.  The air conditioning still provides cold air.  The original radio plays well.

This car is not heavily optioned.  It has power windows, air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering column, courtesy lamps and mirrored tee-tops.  The proper wheels now have spinner center caps.  An original style set is included.

The original 350 V8 is rated at 190HP.  It starts and runs as it should.  It performs better than I expected.  The engine bay is clean and tidy.  It shows in a very original fashion.  This car has its original automatic transmission.

I was stunned to discover the original exhaust system to be in good condition.  The undercarriage is in mint original condition and shows no corrosion.  You might find a few spider webs and some road grime.  All original!

A new set of raised white letter tires was recently installed.  They have less than 1500 miles on them.  As far as I can tell, this is the only non-original and visible part of the car.  The battery has also been replaced.  I didn’t inspect close enough to determine if the belts and hoses are original.  The same goes for the spark plugs.

My friend had hoped to take this car to Bloomington Gold in 2020, but the event was cancelled.  He was very much in tune to the criteria for the Survivor class and had prepared this car to that end.  I believe he had tended to most of the details and that you will discover that most aspects of this car are indeed original and have survived.

While I am not a Corvette lover myself, I give this car a lot of respect for the low mileage and originality.  As a person who enjoys a car that performs well, I am impressed.  This car is ready to drive and display.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID:CC-1469422
  • Price:$14,995
  • Location:JEFFERSON, Wisconsin
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Grey
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:20041
  • Stock Number:12140-B
  • Trim Level:Coupe
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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Top Notch Pre-Owned Vehicles
No 3873 Business 26
Jefferson, WI 53549