Beautiful, low mileage example showing only 28,292 original miles!
Bloomington Gold Certified, Bloomington Gold Survivor Gold
Certification, and Bloomington Gold Benchmark Award winner!
Excellent opportunity for the knowledgeable Corvette collector!
There can be little debate that these last of the C3 Generation
Corvettes represent the end of an era in Corvette styling, and that
regardless of the performance advantages of more modern Corvettes,
the dramatic design cues and the final seed of Harley Earl and Zora
Duntov's pioneering influence ends with the completion of the final
C3. The mako shark-inspired body lines of the C3 were produced
though Bill Mitchell as the lead designer and carried the Corvette
shape for 15 years! Production was transitioning from the old St.
Louis, MO facility to the new Bowling Green, KY plant with the
first Corvette assembled on June 1st, 1981. Both plants were in
production for 2 months simultaneously, with the last St. Louis
Corvette completed on August 1st, 1981. An interesting fact about
the two facilities is the way they were painted. St. Louis
continued to use lacquer paint while the new Bowling Green plant
converted to a new style of enamel base coats with a clear topcoat
on all Corvettes. Therefore, the two plants utilized separate paint
codes to differentiate them.
This beautiful 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is finished in its
factory applied Charcoal Metallic exterior with gorgeous Silver
Gray leather interior! It comes well equipped with power steering,
power disc brakes, power windows, power locks, factory air
conditioning, leather tilt/telescopic steering wheel, polished
aluminum wheels, dual remote sport mirrors, painted T-tops,
AM/FM/Cassette stereo with rear speakers & power antenna, automatic
transmission, cruise control, rear defrost, passenger illuminated
vanity mirror, all Soft-Ray tinted glass, and carpeted floor mats.
Boasting only 28,292 miles from new, this numbers matching
L81-350ci V8 has survived from new without any modification or
restoration which is a testament to its brilliant ownership and
garage kept care over the years!
This is a St. Louis-built Corvette showcasing a unique Charcoal
Metallic lacquer finish that remains rather remarkable and
represents just 3,485 Corvettes that were ever ordered with this
color code! To best describe this car's condition and unrivaled
originality, it attended the Bloomington Gold Corvette USA event in
June 2015 to participate in Gold Certification and Survivor judging
in the same weekend. After successfully achieving Bloomington Gold
Certification being 95% "as factory built", the judging team began
to further inspect the four specific areas of Survivor verification
with the following results- Engine 90%, Exterior 88%, Interior 98%,
and Chassis 100%. Out of a total 8,220 points to begin with, this
Corvette was found to have only 310 deductable points to achieve
Survivor Gold status!
This left only the Bloomington Gold Benchmark award. As described
on their website, the BENCHMARK� - "the ultimate standard for
unrestored vehicles. In 1991, Bloomington Gold introduced the
ultimate and most difficult judging category - The BENCHMARK Award.
To achieve BENCHMARK status, an unrestored Corvette must attain
GOLD Certification and excel in all four categories of SURVIVOR
during the same weekend. To date, fewer than 5% of the Corvettes
that have been Certified have received the prestigious BENCHMARK
Award. It should also be noted that the vehicle must pass a road
test and complete a technical inspection with everything on the car
working as perfectly as it left the factory! This wonderful time
capsule example successfully completed this challenge and now
forever carries this prestigious Bloomington Benchmark honor!"
Complete with original owner's manuals with plastic dust cover,
three sets of GM keys (two sets still have factory punchout tabs
intact), T-top bags, storage strap, factory LOF glass, and original
spare tire & changing equipment. Excellent driving and looking
examples with low mileage are seldom available, particularly with
these judging credentials. The last years of the C3 Corvettes are
becoming very collectable, and the opportunity to get into a clean,
unmolested all original example at entry-level prices will soon be
a memory. Please do not hesitate to contact our sales consultant,
Jon Faust, with any questions or to arrange a viewing of the