For Sale: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1981 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

1981 was the first year Corvettes were ever produced in two factories at one time. The new Bowling Green, Kentucky plant produced its first Corvette on June 1, 1981, meanwhile the St. Louis plant was producing its last Corvettes. The last St. Louis Vette was produced on August 1, 1981. All St. Louis Corvettes were painted with lacquer paints while the new Bowling Green plant had a brand new paint facility and used enamels with clear top coats. There are a number of reports that about 100 models were produced in St Louis that had the new enamel base coat and the friendly to the environment clear coat. These cars were not sold however, they were given to GM employees. 1981 was the last year a manual transmission was available until late in 1984 with the C4.

For consignment we offer a St. Louis made car this 1981 arrest me red fiberglass covered car, now converted to a convertible from a T Top. An overall clean car, with equally as stunning red interior. The white convertible is a nice contrast to all the red.

A nice red over red freshly ceramic coated painted exterior with some black accenting for the rockers, and front quarter gills, Coke bottle lines undulate not only up and down but also side to side on these fenders and doors. The neoprene, in very good condition, making up the front and back of all cars by this time are every bit sans bumpers in chrome. The front of the car is very sleek and undulating with the front quarters nestling up to the hood. Hidden head lighting and the gill cove along with the side crease add additional textural visual interest to the overall design. On back is the small spoiler right off the trunk lid and the iconic by now as the design round tail lighting all inset, then the neoprene continues below to form the rear roll pan and remainder of the bumper. Never offered in convertible form, this once T-topper now has a top is now white canvas and presents as new with no soiling and a plastic rear window. 15-inch polished and dished wheels are wrapped with Goodyear Eagle GT2 raised white lettered tires which are 225/60R15's all around.

A spaceship like red leather wraps Michelin man-esque buckets which are amazingly comfortable. Nice rounded puffy bolsters create deep coves for the tuck and roll inserts to reside as well as your bottom, which is held tightly when you carve a curve with this car. These buckets flank a center console which has a red glovebox cover in plastic. The console then uses black to house the shift lever cover plus power window controls, then it gently rolls up into the dash. Here we see an AM/FM/8-track player, gnarly. Scanning our eyes upward we note the climate controls and the cluster of monitoring gauges along with the air vents. Looking in front of the wheel, an angled steeply raked dash front are the analog tachometer and speedo within a black rectangular panel, surrounded by red. The dash is fronted by an original steering wheel wrapped in red leather. Carpets are all clean and red including the back space under the flip up tonneau cover which remains un faded. The door panels are sleek and frame the outer edges of this interior. Note the carpeting next to the center console has come loose from underneath the console top and some wiring is showing.

A 190hp 350ci V8 which is fed by a single 4-barrel carburetor and is backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. The engine bay presents in overall clean condition and shows no corrosion or patina, just black surfaces with the shiny mill in the center. The rear axle is a 2.87 geared limited slip type.

Very typical of a well kept/garaged car from 1981 with some surface rust on scraped areas of the framing and on the exhaust piping. Some wear off of the undercoating, and plenty of weight loss parts for this year made from carbon fiber, or cast aluminum. Power 4 wheel disc brakes are onboard as is 4 wheel independent suspension. Factory style dual to single to dual piped exhaust is on along with stock replacement mufflers.

I slipped into this red rocket ship and it fired right up. Off I went to the test track where it performed nicely with smooth acceleration, good handling, and an all functioning interior for the controls. The power disc braking on all 4 corners makes for a quick and bias free decelration on the panic stop test.

This is a nice used 'Vette for the enthusiast who wants to enter the Corvette game for a reasonable price. 1981 Corvettes have been fairly solid cars, and are sought after by the person who likes the Coke bottle body style from the early 1980's. It is a nice color combination now with the white canvas top in contrast to all the red, and the interior screams early 80's with its rounded over bolsters.


G-General Motors
A-Manual Belts
6-350 ci V8 4bbl
0-Check Digit
S-St Louis, MO Assy Plant
403613-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1677898
  • Price: $37,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1981
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:16585
  • Stock Number:4823
  • VIN:1G1AY8760BS403613
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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