Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer

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Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer


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.

Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer


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.

Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer


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.

Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer

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conditioning (that has a Freon leak that will need to be fixed), AM radio, and Camel leather seats that have already been replaced by a previous owner.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.

Corvettes for Sale: Two-Tone 1981 Corvette With a 4-Speed on Bring a Trailer


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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