1981 Chevrolet Corvette Overview


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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Afraid of making the wrong decision in an engine? If so, 1981 was the year for you to buy a Corvette. Only one engine was available on the 1981 model, a small-block 350-ci V8 rated at 190 horsepower. Your only decision would be manual vs. automatic transmission. You might have wanted to go with the manual transmission, as it would be the last available until the end of 1984.

Perhaps Chevy only had one engine so as not to confuse the two different plants that were building it. For the only year in its history, the Corvette was built simultaneously at two different places: St. Louis, MO and Bowling Green, KY. The major difference between cars built at the two locations was in the exterior, as St. Louis used lacquer paints and Bowling Green applied enamel paint with a clear top coat.

Chevrolet introduced the CCC Computer Command Control for the 1981 Corvette. The system used multiple inputs to monitor fuel and air mixtures along with spark and timing to reduce emissions, and to meet the CAFE mileage requirements.


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Vibration 1981 Vett When Running And Driving

1981 vett vibrates when running and when driven down the road. I disconnected the torque converter from the flywheel (350 turbo trans and 350 engine) and started the engine and vibration is gone. Co...

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How Much Would A 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Be If It Had 9400 Miles

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What Brand Of Manual Trans Comes In The 1981 Corvette? Muncie Or Borg?

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Did The 1981 Corvette Ever Have A 6 Cylinder?

Looking at a 1981 with removable glass tops and an automatic but the listing does not state engine. Does all Corvettes come in a V8 or do I need to ask if it has a V6 engine.

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Can You Manually Adjust The Idol On The Rochester Carb For A 350 Small Bloc...

My '81 has high idle speed and will not kick down. Choke light stays on dash. 1200-1800rpm range. Thank you.

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