For Sale: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette in Cincinnati, Ohio

Vehicle Description


Please call Greg directly at 513-200-9226 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this beautiful numbers matching 1981 Corvette in great condition. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Beige (59) over Camel interior (642) 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 pictured in this ad. 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. 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.

Besides the correct paint and interior codes this Corvette is "numbers matching" meaning the engine in the car is the original unit that was installed new at the factory. The last six digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine pad and pictured in this ad verifying it as the original engine. This Corvette is also loaded with highly desirable options such as glass T-Tops, owner windows, power locks, power seat, sport mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering column, and N90 aluminum wheels.

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 Beige exterior is in good driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss and nice shine. Both doors open and shut nicely. The N90 aluminum wheels are in great condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The Goodyear Eagle raised white letter tires have plenty of tread left and are correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some very tiny blemishes and orange peel that were too small to show up in the pictures, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. There is a hairline crack on the left t-top. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean and this Corvette has no rust issues. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we 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.


The Camel interior in this Corvette is in fantastic condition. The seats are in excellent shape and look as good in person as they do in the photos with no excessive wear. There is one small spot of wear on the driver's bolster. The carpet is also in great 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 sun fading. There is one monor crack on the dash which is visible in the photos. The door panels are in nice shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. The original spare is still with the car. 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 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 the stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations or strange noises and the car performs quite well overall. Transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos.

The wipers work as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, power windows, and power locks. All of the gauges work. The blower for the heater and air conditioning works on all speeds. The air conditioning itself works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video. The power seat works in most directions. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. The operation of the headlight s can be seen in the video. 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.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1981 Corvette is in magnificent driver condition. The beautiful color combination, the excellent overall condition, and the numbers matching engine make this car especially desirable. 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 and the market right now is red hot. 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.

item number description VIN 1G1AY8766BS405818 The 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 5,818th Corvette made for 1981 in St. Louis, MO. Body Build Date C13 "C" corresponds to October and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is October 13, 1980. Engine Code V1003 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The "10" is the tenth month of year and the "03" is the third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on October 3rd, 1980. This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car. Suffix Code ZDE This means the motor was intended for a 1981 L81 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car. Engine VIN Stamp 405818 The last 6 digits of the car'...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID:CC-1486486
  • Price:$14,900
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:(59) Beige
  • Interior Color:(642) Camel
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:108652
  • Stock Number:900924
  • VIN:1G1AY8766BS405818

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Seven Hills Motorcars
9213 Blue Ash Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242
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