Maroon Metallic w/Camel interior, 350/190hp, 3-spd. automatic transmission.
The 1981 model year was an unusual one. For the first time since ’54, (’53’s were built in Flint, MI.) Corvette assembly was moved to an all-new facility in Bowling Green KY. The plant was state of the art and after decades of “quality control issues”, it was believed that going forward, Corvette build quality would be vastly improved. And it was. However, as production was slowly moved over to Bowling Green, Corvettes were also being produced in St. Louis. The first time ever that production was carried on in two plants simultaneously!
The ’81’s were also unusual in that only one engine was offered. The L81 350ci V8. Although, customers did have a choice between a 3-spd. automatic or a 4-spd. manual transmission. And even though the ’81 looked essentially identical to the ’80, there were numerous changes under the skin. Mostly weight savings items. A fiberglass reinforced mono-leaf rear spring was introduced with automatic transmission cars. Tubular stainless-steel exhaust systems were made standard and magnesium valve covers were also utilized. This was also the last year you could order a manual transmission in a Corvette until well into the ’84 model year.
Time capsule is the phrase that comes to mind with this pristine ’81. It’s original down to the Goodyear Polysteel Radial tires! And with only a bit over 8k miles on the odometer, it’s hardly even broken in! This beautiful survivor has been rewarded with numerous awards including N.C.R.S. National Top Flight Award with a score of 98.6, as well as the prestigious N.C.R.S. 4-Star Bowtie Award! It comes with the owner’s kit, original keys with knock-outs, paperwork, service receipts, ownership history and a clean Carfax documenting the miles. Options include, aluminum wheels, leather seats, raised white letter radial tires, cruise control, AM/FM stereo w/8-track & power antenna. And the a-c blows cold! It even comes with a custom embroidered car cover! This is definitely an ’81 that doesn’t come along every day! Don’t miss the opportunity to put it in your garage!