Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
A number of factors set this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette apart from the crowd. It's logged only 41,222 miles over its lifetime and still features its original drivetrain, along with a two-tone color scheme that's very reminiscent of the Mako Shark concept car that wowed audiences at car expos around the world a couple of decades before.
As an '81, this Corvette came along just as its third generation was drawing to a close. There's a good reason why Chevy kept this version of the model around so long - it was an aesthetic home run from the time it was introduced all the way back in the late '60s, so its manufacturer wisely opted not to mess with a good thing and instead made only minor modifications over that time. Fittingly, the car still wears the same silver and gray exterior it began life with - a color combo that closely mirrors its futuristic concept car inspiration. The paint carries a nice shine and, as you draw closer, you'll see that the body alignment on this classic remains very precise, with nice uniform gaps surrounding the doors, both of which open and close smoothly. As a third generation Corvette, it also features a T-top configuration that offers the versatility of open-air motoring when you so choose, but with shelter close at hand when called for. The roof panels included are in very good shape and seal well to keep the elements out.
Inside, the silver leather interior has been well maintained, with high backed bucket seats that look surprisingly fresh and offer a nice combination of support and comfort. On both sides, the door panels still fit flush and don't show the discoloration you'd rightfully expect after nearly four decades of service. The remainder of the interior has come through the years in good fashion as well - the factory gauges in the dash are still clear and functional, and you'll find no cracks in the pad running across the top, while below the floor mats have performed their protective duties, so the carpeting remains nice and fresh underneath. A retro-looking AM/FM/cassette stereo blends right in on the dash while also offering iPod connectivity and teaming with an amp and speakers mounted behind the seats to provide a great audio experience. There's a nice collection of comfort features on board, including power windows and door locks, a tilt column, air conditioning that blows as cold and strong as you could want and a rear window defogger that really comes in handy in colder weather.
Having logged so few miles yields some definite benefits as far as the driving experience this 'Vette offers. It tracks nice and straight, the suspension feels very solid and the 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood fires right up and runs smoothly as it vocalizes a nice, subdued tone into the dual Flowmaster exhaust. The engine compartment is unusually clean - you'd be hard-pressed to find a single spot on the chrome air cleaner and all the belts and hoses appear to have been recently replaced. The Corvette's signature low profile combines with smooth power steering to make it a very capable corner carver, while power disc brakes at all four corners bring its set of 15" stock Corvette wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich T/A radials to prompt, low-effort stops. Having been so well-protected over the years, it's no surprise that the undercarriage looks very solid.
Corvettes of this vintage with so few miles and such a strong running condition are hard to come by, so this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette offers an unusual opportunity. Call today!
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