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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
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All. this car needs is a good home.. First Class

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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The Penultimate Shark! —

The last time I owned a C3 was 1985. It was a Red on Oyster 4 speed. I was 27 and had owned the car since new but thought it was a good idea to trade it for the new fuel injected 1985 Corvette. Bad idea. Like all 85 Vettes, it was terrible. So recently I got the fever and decided to get a 3rd Generation one more time before I die. So I started searching until I found one at a reasonable price in decent condition. And I did luck out. 81 one is the Penultimate Shark, and in my opinion the last year of the C3 to buy. 82 with the "Cease Fire Injection" system should be avoided unless a previous owner has replaced the engine. 81 has only the ignition timing controlled by a computer system. It's still a Carb system so you can replace the Rochester with a Holley or other choice. Nothing looks like the C3. The best looking car in American history I say. The 3rd gens ride isn't for anyone who is opposed to feeling every pebble on the road. The interior isn't the quietest either. And the interior is also pretty cheap material, although I do love the deep dish seats. And in 81 the driver's seat was power adjustable! The car while a VERY thirsty beast is very reliable. The engine if you change the oil regularly and do all the other normal maintenance will run forever. Chevy small block 350's are that good. The Transmissions on the Vettes of this era(say 78-81) are also durable and reliable. Mine is a automatic. Sticks are a tough find since of the 40 plus thousand made only one in about 8 in 81 were manuals. Only one in 10 of the nearly 42 thousand in 1980. It is listed at 190HP, but it seems to have much more. I had a Grand Prix GTP previous and it's 230HP was not nearly this quick or fast. It's pure FUN and even the most jaded ass wipes in their BMWs and Benz will stare at you with envious eyes. In this you are not a Sheep in the flock or just another Lemming packed into a shinny metal box. No way. You is wrapped in fiberglass!! Parts are easy to find and reasonable in price(although these days what is reasonable can be debated). So if you want to have fun driving again. Reconnect with your lost youth. Feed your mid life crisis. Or just want to dare to be different, find ye an 81, or a 1980, 79 even. The Sharks from 79-81 were the best. and from 80 - 81 the "Coke Bottle" Vette as they became known have it all. I would not lie to you. May tease you from time to time but I try not to lie on such serious Corvette matters.

Pros: Looks. Performance. Reliability.

Cons: Gas Mileage.  Cheap Interior. Cabin Noise(with T-Tops On)

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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
David writes:
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I Love Love Love My Shiny Red Vette — I bought this car for $4,000 a couple of years ago. It had been in a minor accident and needed a little body work up front, needed paint, and the automatic transmission was slipping. But under the hood was a very strong 383 stroker motor with Elderbrock intake, Holley 750 carb, and long tube headers. I spent a couple of weekends fixing the body work - using fiberglass body filler bought at Wal-Mart. Had the car painted at Econo-Bake for $500 and it looks darn good for what I've got in it. I bought a rebuilt TH350 transmission out of a wrecked Malibu for $125 and installed myself. I added a B&M shift improver kit ($30) to the transmission, bought the side pipes for $200 from Summit Racing and the car is perfect for me. She will smoke the tires as long as you hold the gas pedal down, looks great, and gets compliments everywhere. I absolutely love my Corvette but a car like this is not for everyone. You need the time, place, and tools to tinker and tune on this car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Simple and easy to work on.  Gets looks and compliments everywhere.  Handles great and is very fast.

Cons: Rattles a lot.  Some electrical issues.

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
Chuck writes:
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I Love It And I Don't Miss My Harley That I Traded For It. — The cost of maintaining the Paint is expensive. They want 5,000.00 to paint the car the same Red color. Otherwise it's not bad at all as all the parts are available and priced right. It's easy to work on and uses american tools, NOT METRIC,

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Looks is what sets it apart from all others. I have never been morre noticed in my life while driving this car. From grownups to little kids they all know what it is and probably wish they were driving it. Everytime I stop somewhere I get compliments about it and people walk up and look it over. I know 190 HP doesn't sound like much but if not careful you can loose control of this car easily by getting on the gas too quickly or too hard while turning. If the tires brake loose spinning the ass trys to pass. But it sure is fun. It's like an adult only go kart but with STYLE.

Cons: Uncomfortable on longer rides. Need to get out and stretch every couple hrs.

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Fun To Drive. Looks Great — I do enjoy driving this car, and the way it handles and looks. I have not owned this car too long but I plan on driving it in the summer lots and taking it to some local shows. It does seem to handle quite well.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Obviously good looks. Fun to drive. Nice sound

Cons: Very low, avoid speedbumps, sharp inclines

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Fast And Stylish — I love the t-top but I have a family of 5 and I don't get to drive it much. Everything is original so the hoses need replace and it needs some TLC. I don't feel safe in this car any longer, I would like to know how much I should sell this car for.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: everything is original

Cons: everything is original

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Na — i love my vet it is in great shape never seen the rain runs like a clock. it is white with red int. wish it was a 4 speed but had to get auto so my wife can drive it too. we have alot of fun in the summer with it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: fun to drive

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Good — 430 HP 450 ft/lbs of torque. This car overall has a good build quality and is reliable (if stock). It doesn't have the best gas mileage but it is also is corvette not a prius. Very fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Its really fun to drive

Cons: Nohing

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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
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Very Nice Looking Car — fast car, the A/C doesnt work. has T tops. sticks right to the road on fast corners. my mom has had it sense 85. does great donuts and surges =p ha great to pass cars also. shouldnt be made out of pexi-glass

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: classic

Cons: once you break the body its trash

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Get One If You Can Afford One Now. — Classic Power, handling, and torque. Limited capaciity and leg room, but a "Chick magnet"! One of Chevy's best models for the time. Best value for price. Definately a fun can to drive and comfortable for the driver and one passenger.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Power and handling.

Cons: Gas guzzler!

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