1981 Corvette Coupe - #'s Matching 350 V8 Engine, 4 - Speed Transmission, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Factory A/C, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Factory Tachometer, Instrumentation W/ Working Clock, Dual Remote Outside Mirrors, AM/FM CD Player, Underhood Light, New Mirrored T - Tops, New Polished Rims W/ BFG Radial Tires, White Exterior, Blue Interior, Approximately $20K In Receipts For Repairs & Replacement Parts, 1 Of Only 5,000 Manual Corvettes Built In 1981 Which Marks The Last Year Of The 4 - Speed Corvette, Runs & Drives Great!
In 1981, there was only one powerplant available, a 350 cu in (5.7 L) engine that, like the L-48 base engine the previous year, produced the 190 hp, but was now designated the L81. The motor was certified in all states and available with manual or automatic transmissions. Chrome air cleaner lids and cast magnesium valve covers dressed up all engines. The stainless steel exhaust manifolds and computer control system introduced on the 305 cu in (5.0 L) California engines the previous year were now standard, as was an auxiliary electric engine cooling fan. This, the last C3 available with a manual transmission, so equipped, had a published 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds. This model year was the first corvette to use a fiberglass rear leaf spring, now a Corvette trademark. The spring saved thirty-six pounds, but was limited to base suspensions with automatic transmission. When equipped with Delco's brand new optional ETR (Electronically Tuned Receiver) radio with a digital clock, the quartz analog instrument panel clock was replaced with an oil temperature gauge. The cast aluminum wheels, optional since '76, were now ordered on 90 percent of the cars at a cost of $428. New options included a power adjustable driver's seat and power remote outside mirrors. In mid-1981 production shifted from St. Louis, Missouri to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and several two-tone paint options were offered.
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