1981 T-Top Corvette Details
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1981 was a special year for Corvettes... Production moved half way through the model from St Louis, MO to the recently built Bowling Green, KY plant, where new innovations were applied: enamel paint under clear coat, weight saving upgrades and other refinements making it a desirable Stingray, the last one with 4-speed manual transmission and with carbureted engines.
The example we are presenting you today is a rare Dark Bronze, only 432 being produced for the model year. It also features the Camel leather interior, a great color combo. This Vette shows 39391 miles which, according to the Carfax and the usual tell-tale signs may be the original miles, but there is not sufficient documentation to support.
Present owners got it from a collection where it sat since 2002 and lots of upgrades were done in the last twelve months:
- 4 tires BF Goodrich 255/60/15, mount, and balance
- 4 wheel alignment
- new Corvette AM/FM radio
- oil temp sensor
- water temp sensor
- oxygen sensor
- coolant temperature gauge
- water temp gauge
- bezel panel to 5 gauge cluster
- circuit board to 5 gauge cluster
- valve cover gaskets
- front and rear shocks
- front sway bar links
- rear right axle shaft universal joints
- left rear rotor
- front brake calipers
- front brake pads
- emergency brake return spring and adjust
- transmission filter and pan gasket
- set timing
- distributor cap and rotor
- spark plugs
- ignition wires
- carburetor choke pull off (choke diaphragm)
- breather filter (crankcase ventilation filter)
- console bezel panel
- shifter boot
- hood release cable
- odometer/speedometer cable
- power steering hoses
- all coolant hoses and heater hoses
- bleed and flush brake system
- flush and fill coolant system
- service automatic transmission
- oil, filter, drain plug gasket
- air filter
- fuel filter
- low-beam headlight bulbs
- professional detail car interior including two shampoos of all carpeted surfaces.
A complete full mechanical inspection was performed revealing an excellent mechanical condition. When valve cover gaskets were replaced, the heads were very clean and the mechanical wear on engine indicated a low mileage car.
Paint is original and still in very good condition. Front bumper and hood appear to be been repainted, but the color shows a little bit different.
Working items are as following: all gauges, radio (brand new Vette replacement), headlights (go up and down), wipers, passenger power window, power driver's seat all directions, heat, fan, power mirrors, T-tops. Unsure on cruise control and rear defrost; haven't used them. Attention needed: Driver's power window, AC, wiper fluid, power antennae, switching vents to cabin and defrost, a couple of the speakers seem disconnected.
All in all, this is a great value due to its condition, rarity and milestone status. Late Stingrays are starting to appreciate and special models with low miles are surely going to be desirable.
Located in MARYLAND, we can arrange with delivery nationwide and international. Corvette trades are considered, also, financing is available.
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