We saw one of those clickbait stories the other day, dogging the 1981 Corvette and discouraging enthusiasts not to buy one.
Admittedly, the ’81 wasn’t a powerhouse, especially compared to later models, with just 190 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque produced by its 350 V8 L81 engine, but we tremendously enjoyed the time we spent driving our own silver over blue leather example.
That car didn’t cost us a lot of money, sounded great, and looked even better as we think the updated front and rear design of the ’80-’82 models looks very sharp to this day.
Two impressive things about this ’81 that’s up for sale on Bring a Trailer for the next six days are its four-speed manual transmission (hard to find on the late C3s) and its no reserve price.
With the high bid standing at just $3,333 so far, someone is looking to get a real bargain on what looks to be a decent C3.
We didn’t used to be big fans of the two-tone paint jobs on these Corvettes, but the look is starting to grow on us lately. This one is coated in Beige over Dark Bronze, and the seller – who just acquired the car in July and brought it to Arizona – says the bumpers (notorious for having paint that doesn’t match) were repainted by a previous owner. Unfortunately, he says the front spoiler is damaged, and paint chips are scattered throughout the rest of the body.
The car features removable glass roof panels (that really open up the interior and are a must-have in our opinion, power windows / locks/ mirrors / driver’s seat, air conditioning (that has a Freon leak that will need to be fixed), AM radio, and Camel leather seats that have already been replaced by a previous owner.
The odometer shows 87,000 miles, just 50 by the current owner, but no one knows if that’s accurate as Carfax reports a mileage inconsistency in July 2021 but reveals no reported accidents or other damage.
Are you one of the doomsday nay-sayers about these late C3s, or are you like me and love them for what the era they represent?
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