For Sale: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette in Cincinnati, Ohio

Vehicle Description


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 absolutely spectacular condition with only 15,750 original miles. This Corvette a premium example and truly an investment grade classic, it is one of the nicest and best 1981 Corvettes are the market right now. It is "turn key" and ready to be driven and enjoyed immediately. The car looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The Dark Blue Metallic (28) over Dark Blue (29) interior is a rare, highly desirable, and beautiful color combination that looks stunning on the car. 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 and premium 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.

I have personally driven this car about 30 miles recently. During that time the car was completely reliable, had absolutely no issues, and was a true pleasure to drive. There is service history and many receipts and that go with the car for maintenance and repairs over the years. The receipts total about $5,500 so the car has been very well maintained.

We first purchased this 1981 Corvette in the spring of 2019. We then sold it to a local gentleman in July of 2019. At that time the car had 12,543 original miles. The local gentleman took excellent care of the car, maintained it well, and always stored it his garage. He said that it never spent one night outside and that it never saw rain in his time with it. We purchased the car back this year with just over 15,700 original miles.

A copy of the AutoCheck 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 car also comes with a wealth of original documentation including the original window sticker, owner's manual, 1981 GM maintenance schedule booklet, Goodyear Tire booklet, Chevrolet, Power Protection Plus booklet, 1981 Chevrolet Consumer Information booklet, and the 1981 Chevrolet Warranty booklet showing the name of the original dealership that sold the a new. Also included is the original factory build sheet, which is exceptionally rare to find with a late C3 Corvette.

Besides the correct paint code, this Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed in the car new at the factory in 1981. Virtually every part we checked on the car is correct with the proper part numbers and appropriate date codes. We have run the numbers on literally hundreds of Corvettes over the years and there are very few that are so correct and original. Even very detailed parts like the distributor, carburetor, alternator, and starter are all date coded and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 419303, are stamped on the engine pad and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case.

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 Dark Blue exterior is in absolutely fantastic driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. The N90 aluminum wheels and center caps are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The BF Goodrich Radial TA raised white letter tires have about 95% tread left and are sized 225/70R15. This is the correct size as per the RPO code QGR on the window sticker. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. 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 we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield or "birdcage," 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 almost all of the glass on this Corvette, the rear window, both door windows, and even the windshield, are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of the February 9, 1981 (G09). Original glass is another great verification that this car has had no accident history and never sustained damage.


The Dark Blue Leather interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats look almost like new with no rips, split seams, or excessive wear. The seat is not overly work in the typical are on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. 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 awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are in great shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. Also, unlike many other C3 Corvettes, the door panels fit well and tight to the door. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The spare is also still with the car and appears to have never been used. Please note that both seat belts work and retract properly. This is a common problem on C3 Corvettes and an issue many buyers do not think to check. 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 and another great verification of the very low original mileage.


This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. As stated above, I have driven the car 30 miles with no problem at all. There are nearly $5,500 in receipts with the car so it is very well mechanically sorted. There is one receipt from August of 2020 for over $1,400 showing that the car was completely serviced at that time. The numbers matching L81 engine starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. 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...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1595627
  • Price: $28,900
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Dark Blue
  • Interior Color:Dark Blue (291)
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:15750
  • Stock Number:901007
  • VIN:1G1AY876XBS419303

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