Used 1981 Chevrolet Corvette for sale in Lavergne, TN
The third generation of Corvettes enjoyed a long run of almost 15 years. As is always the case, this model run was tweaked and improved along the way. This 1981 model is among the last of the series so enjoys all those improvements, and the icing on the cake is the choice of a beautiful two-tone color scheme matched by a rich leather interior on this one. Check it out.
Autumn Red over Dark Claret Metallic paint draped over the muscular curves of this body style really looks good! In 1980, both the front and rear bumper covers were restyled with integrated spoilers that resulted in not only a reduction in drag and improvement in engine cooling, but a clean new look too. The combination of the paint and new spoilers makes the car look even lower and leaner than it really is, which is quite an accomplishment. The paint shines nicely, catching the light and reflecting it back as it moves down the street. A steeply raked windshield flows back over mirrored T-tops that can be removed for open air motoring, and then down over the sloping rear glass to an integrated rear spoiler. Crossed racing flags appear on the hood between the hideaway headlights and also on the gas cap at the rear. Corvette appears in script between the four round taillights.
Open the door and you will find a rich red interior with gorgeous, power operated, red leather sport seats. They have pleated seating surfaces and substantial side bolsters offering side support for spirited driving. A little bit of cleaning and detailing would help this interior look considerably better. For example, the door panel could use the door latch trim piece replaced and the steering wheel could use a new cover laced around it. The dash is trimmed in a nice wood grained finish with the speedo and tach directly in front of the driver and a stack of engine gauges appropriate for a sportscar that include water temp, fuel, oil temp, oil pressure, and voltage in the center. Below them in a Kenwood FM/Cassette deck and below that are the ventilation controls that include those for the Air Conditioning are set in the wood grained center console. There is a round shift knob for the automatic transmission and power window as well as power mirror switches are at your finger-tips just behind it.
Pop the hood and you will find a tried and true 350 cubic inch V8 motor that benefited from the continuous development of the GM powertrain engineers. For example, an aluminum intake manifold that was previously optional equipment became standard, and distributes the mixture from the 4-barrel carburetor to the cylinders more effectively while finned aluminum valve covers help with engine oil cooling. The heads are stock as well as the exhaust manifolds which send the spent mixture out through a new exhaust system. This is a very original, "survivor" type of engine bay with signs of good regular maintenance that include newer A/C compressor lines as well as new belts and hoses. The power this engine makes is sent back through a 3-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes help the car handle and stop like the legendary sportscar it is, and the rubber meets the road through 255/60R15 tires on 5-lug Corvette spinner wheels.
A classic Corvette in a gorgeous two-tone paint scheme with a rich red leather interior. Come on down and check it out.
Streetside Classics - Nashville
Lavergne, TN 37086