Having owned a red 1980 and a silver 1981, I can vouch these late C3 Corvettes are still a lot of great-looking fun for the money.
Despite having a whopping 300 horsepower less than the new C8, the 280 lb-ft of torque on an ‘81 means there is still plenty of punch when you hit the accelerator, at least when you consider the time period from whence it comes.
We always liked the way Chevy incorporated the front and rear spoilers on the 1980-82 Corvettes, and this Charcoal Gray example currently up for sale on barnfinds.com is a prime case.
We’re told that the previous owner started restoring the car after years of owning it, then parked it as he was going through a divorce. It’s not reported just how many years it sat, but the current owner does say he has already worked on the brakes and the carburetor to get the car “running well” once again.
The seller says this Corvette is in “nice shape” but does admit that like any car from 39 years ago, it’s “not flawless.”
Still, the photos seem to reveal a pretty sharp-looking Corvette, with a decent paint job and a more than acceptable cloth interior that has been updated with an aftermarket radio. No surprise there.
The car is said to have just 31,000 miles on the odometer, though we’re not offered any documentation to support that claim as being accurate. Likewise, we’re not sure if the motor, while described as “strong,” is still the same one that left the factory originally.
We are told that it’s a “solid car with nice body and body gaps,” and the power windows still work, as do most of the gauges, wipers, headlights, and radio. While the AC is said to blow, it needs a charge, which worries us a little bit that there might be an annoying freon leak somewhere.
The auction ends Tuesday, and so far 31 bids have pushed the offer up to $5,600. On the surface, it would seem that someone is going to get a great deal on this car, even if a late flurry of action raises the price considerably.
How high would you go to have this gray C3 in your driveway?