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 numbers matching 1981 Corvette in spectacular condition with only 52,970 original miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The 2-Tone Silver over Dark Blue paint with Dark Blue interior is a beautiful color combination that looks stunning on the car. 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.

I have personally driven this car about 20 miles recently. During that time the car was completely reliable, had absolutely no issues, and was a true pleasure to drive.

This Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the L81 engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed at the factory in 1981. Even very detailed parts like the carburetor, distributor, and alternator all correct and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 429478, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, 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 and pictured.

This Corvette is loaded with great and highly desirable options such as N90 aluminum wheels, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering column, power windows, power locks, and the CC1 glass T-Tops. 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 examples like this car. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the vehicle history report and 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.

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 2-Tone Silver and Dark Blue exterior is in excellent driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. The N90 aluminum wheels and center caps are in beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The BF Goodrich Radial TA white letter tires have plenty tread left and are correctly sized 225/70R15, but do show a bit of age. There are no major blemishes that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some very tiny imperfections around the car that were too faint to show up in the photos, but nothing that is really noticeably from about five or ten feet away. This Corvette has no rust issues. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean underneath. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we have seen no corrosion around the windshield frame 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 windows on this Corvette all original as they predate the car's body build date of third week of June 24, 1981 (K24). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


The Dark Blue Leather interior in this Corvette is in absolutely outstanding condition. The seats are in virtually brand-new condition and look as great in person as they do in the photos with no rips, no split seams, and no signs of wear at all. They are not worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are clear. The carpet is also in nice condition with no stains and just a small amount of wear in the drivers footwell. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look great with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are great shape overall and the door pulls are solid and intact. The car still has an original radio, which gets good reception. Most importantly, the dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The original spare is still with the car. 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 over time 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. The numbers matching L81 engine starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. As stated above, I have driven this car about 20 miles with no problems. 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 stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations or strange noises and the car performs quite well overall. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. The car runs cool and does not overheat. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, rear defroster, and wipers. All of the gauges work. The power seat works. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly with no effort or binding tin the mechanism. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below. One can see how the lights go up quickly and evenly. The a/c does not blow cold so it may need a shot of freon. The car does drip oil. The power locks do not work, which is a very common problem on late C3 Corvettes. 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. Numbers matching is extremely ...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1628748
  • Price: $19,900
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:2-Tone Silver/Dark Blue
  • Interior Color:Dark Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:52970
  • Stock Number:901033
  • VIN:1G1AY8767BS429478
Listed By:
Seven Hills Motorcars
9213 Blue Ash Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242

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