For Sale: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

Get into the Corvette hobby for less than the price of a used Chevy sedan with this 'Lil Red 1981 coupe. With a bright finish, loads of options, low miles, and T-tops for the open air experience make this a great-looking summertime cruiser that you'll enjoy far more than the reasonable price would suggest.

That red paint isn't original, in fact this car was born silver, but it was applied so long ago the car has a very 'survivor-grade' look and feel to it. And who doesn't love a 'Lil Red Corvette? Prince practically launched his career singing about one, and the timeless look will never go out of style, accenting the C3's dramatic styling perfectly. Although 1981 was nearing the end of the line for the C3, it didn't diminish the iconic looks one bit, and even today these are some of the most distinctive Corvettes ever built. Everyone loves them. And when the curb appeal is this nice, falling in love is easy. Gaps are good and the doors shut flush, putting to bed the idea that these were not well-built cars, and the vintage enamel that was applied several years ago still has a decent surface with only some minor age cracks, chips, and scratches (mostly concentrated at the front end of the car, where you'd expect) and there are no waves or ripples in the fiberglass to be concerned about. The hatchback profile greatly improved Corvette aerodynamics as well as the car's overall look, and it's enhanced by the modest ducktail spoiler that debuted in 1978. Clean and honest, this solid driver 'Vette is ready to have some fun.

Based on the condition of the interior, this car could easily claim to be a decade or two younger than it is. Originally equipped with cloth buckets, the interior was upgraded several years back with factory-correct vinyl upholstery that's a perfect complement to the red exterior, showing no major damage and only slight wear-and-tear in the high-traffic areas. The door panels and carpets are likely original and show signs of sun-kissed patina, but nothing that needs immediate replacement, and the expansive dash is free of cracks or ripples - a rather rare sight if you're familiar with GM interior materials from the early '80s. With the T-tops off, you'll appreciate the light color, and it works very well to hide dirt, so it always looks great when it's flying past you on the highway. Corvettes typically came loaded with options, and this one is no exception, carrying things like power brakes, power steering, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, a tilt/telescopic wheel, cruise control, A/C, power driver's seat, and a rear defroster. The original 3-spoke steering wheel is still in place and anchors the sporty cabin, and the only non-stock item inside is the upgraded Sony AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that was mounted inside the stock center stack.

The 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood is believed to be the original engine, and in 1981 the L81 was the only choice. Totally stock and dressed up with its stock chrome air cleaner lid, the engine bay is nicely detailed, showing only light wear and no glaring issues. It's quite stock, with only signs of regular maintenance throughout, so you know it's been owned by responsible owners all along. An upgraded dual exhaust system was added underneath, deleting the constrictive catalytic convertor and other factory emissions equipment, so this Corvette gets a slight bump in horsepower along with an improved, throaty soundtrack. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission snaps off shifts smoothly, and 1981 was also the first year for the fiberglass monoleaf spring, which not only improved chassis response, but shaved a considerable amount of weight. Four-wheel discs have been standard equipment since 1965, and the C3s featured some of the most powerful binders of the era. Slotted aluminum wheels are just the right compliment to the red paint, and wear 235/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that finish off the look perfectly.

With only 67K believed actual miles, and documents including a reproduction window sticker and reproduction build sheet, this Corvette has plenty of vintage pedigree on its side. And at this price, it makes for a great way to get into the game without spending a fortune. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID:CC-1527646
  • Price:$24,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:67631
  • Stock Number:5024-DFW
  • VIN:1G1AY8762B5104350

Contact Seller

Characters /500
 Sign me up for the Newsletter
By contacting this seller you accept
ClassicCars.com Visitors Agreement.
Sold By:
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137
Interested in something else? Search these similar vehicles...