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1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Coupe / 1G1AY8769BS422161 Vehicle Information

1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3
The Chevrolet Corvette was introduced to the world in 1953. It was a sports car that, throughout the years, would evolve into a truly refined automobile. The third generation was patterned after Chevrolet's 'Mako Shark II' which had been designed by Larry Shinoda. This third series version would remain in production from 1968 through 1982.

For 1969, GM enlarged their small block again to 350 cubic-inches and in 1970, the 427 big block was enlarged to 454 cubic-inches. Power continued to rise for 1970 and 1971, with the LT-1 small block offering a massive 370 horsepower. The 1971 454 big block produced 425 horsepower. As the 1970s progressed, safety concerns, government regulations, and an impending oil embargo had the horsepower and engine sizes moving in the opposite direction. By 1975, it had reached it bottom for the Corvette; the base ZQ3 engine offered 165 horsepower and the optional L82 unit produced 205 horsepower. The remainder of the series would follow similar suite.

This particular Corvette is powered by a 5.7-liter Chevy V8 with around 190 horsepower. It has a standard four-speed automatic gearbox. Both the engine and transmission are original to the car. It is painted in uncommon factory two-tone paint of beige/dark bonze. Around 5,000 examples wear this color scheme. It is a well-optioned example with AM/FM stereo with cassette deck, and factory air conditioning.

In 2008, this Corvette coupe was offered for sale at the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. It had an estimated value of $14,000 - $18,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, bidding had failed to satisfy the reserve. The lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008


2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $14,000-USD $18,000 
Lot was not sold

1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$11,000
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$18,700
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$25,300
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$14,000
  2021 GAA : February 2021
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$23,100
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$16,500
  2020 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$8,500
  2020 GAA : November 2020
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$4,950
  2020 Mecum : Indy Fall Special
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$15,400
  2020 Mecum : Indy Fall Special
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$17,600
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$7,900
  2020 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$10,400
  2020 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$7,250
  2020 GAA : July 2020
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$17,600
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$11,000
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$12,100
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$13,200
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$14,850
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$12,100
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$5,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kansas City$10,000  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 2019 McCormick's # 67$3,900  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$11,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette1G1AY8764BS4257132018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring $14,000$18,000
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE1G1AY8768BS4100512017 Premier Auction Group$15,000  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE1G1AY8761B51084852017 Premier Auction Group$11,000  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE1G1AY8766BS4039722017 Premier Auction Group$10,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$10,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$9,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Fall   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette L81 T-Bar Coupe 2017 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$24,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Denver   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene   
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Portland$13,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$9,500  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe1G1AY8768B51069612016 Mecum : Monterey$9,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall$12,500$14,000$18,000
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2016 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$6,500  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2016 Gulf Coast Classic Punta Gorda, Fl$7,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$10,000  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE1G1AY8764BS4175292016 GPK Auctions Atlantic City$9,000  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2016 McCormick's Palm Springs # 60$6,250  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$6,250  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2015 Mecum : Austin$6,500  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2015 Collector Car Productons Toronto$12,000  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 2015 Silver Auction Little Creek Casino Auction$9,200  
1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 2015 Mecum Harrisburg$7,500  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C3
1969 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 194379S733382
Engine Num: T0702LP 19S733382

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C3
1972 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z67W2S507664
Engine Num: T1II2CSS 12S507664

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C3
1973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 026-037
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C3
1973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z37J3S410290
Engine Num: 13S410208 V1207CKZ

1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3

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