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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
dpanzerman writes:
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1981 Corvette — Sharks are the BEST! Cost of ownership is low, these cars are reliable...and every single nut and bolt is available Fun factor is off the charts, you get more stares and longling glances is a Shark...that you will ever get in 99% of the cars out there. Quality of the car itself matters...anything between $17000- 25000 these cars wont let you down...buy a $4000 beater...well its gonna be expensive, but gorgeous when you restore it. Performance...stock not so great....good news...its a chevy small block.....it's cheap and easy to make it stupid fast. Also, the chassis and engine bay was designed for a big block...yeah you can go that route too! A multitude of performance parts are available, race tuned suspensions, upgrade brakes, everything. The only cars with more tuning stuff available (and then its a tie) are Camaros and Mustangs.

Pros: Beatiful curves, timeless styling....she'll be your best friend

Cons: Don't drive if you are shy, and don't want to talk to people or be stared at longingly!

43 of 45 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
Rob2736 writes:
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81 Corvette — Performance - I love that it's carb... but it's a bit low on acceleration. Build Quality - Most are pretty impressed with how it rides. Appearance - Nothing beats the 81 look. Gas Mileage - It's a Corvette.. are you really worried about gas mileage? Is this car FUN? It's a Corvette... DAMN STRAIGHT IT IS!!!

Pros: She's just so sleak!

Cons: She's a bit short on power.

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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
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You're 18 And Drive A Corvette? — This car all in all is a great car. I bought the car for $6000 in 07, and I've probably got about that much into it, putting me right at about $12,000. Since then, I've put in a new 350 crate engine, put on a new hood, rear bumper, quarter panel, transmission, 2 different exhausts, new suspension parts, and a bunch of other goodies. It runs like all hell. It's got a .30 over 350 (355), 10.1 compression, good flowing heads, aluminum intake, 750cfm carb, and longtube headers into sidepipes. It moves damn well. It has independent rear suspension and coils up front, so it handles nicely, too. It does seem, however, that I'm always fixing something, but then again, it is 27 years old.

Pros: Great power, Killer looks, and it's a Vette!

Cons: Seems to always be needing something. It'll cost you a lot if you can't repair it yourself.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
Chris10974 writes:
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Amazing Car — this car is a gorgeus car and its performance was allmost amazing, the turning was almost on a dime,the acceleration was the best i have ever seen. the quality on the car was good its an almost solid car, it was vary fun to drive. this car is not that grate on gas.

Pros: amazing looks, handling and quality

Cons: not good on gas

20 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Needs Bloody Cupholders! — The car's great, it's my fathers but i seem to drive it more then him lately. Original interior, original tires... which need replacing. Brakes are old as hell and squeak... but other then that, love being able to fly by. So many people thought i was racing them when i was just driving by.

Pros: fast, great grip, pretty

Cons: no cupholders

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Is That Batman? — My 1981 corvette is my baby. Jet black with silver leather interior, I could not ask for a more beautiful/badass color combo. 350ci of American sports car balls, it pushes out about 300 ft/lb of torque. Sit back, try to relax, and enjoy the ride, if you're lucky enough to get one.

Pros: It's mine.

Cons: It's not yours.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
LeRoy1706 writes:
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After 41 Years, I Finally Got One! — I have wanted a Corvette since I was 18 years old. Finally, two weeks ago, I found one. I am very satisfied with it so far and have put 350 miles on it so far. It has 66,000 actual miles and runs pretty good, but needs some work. I already replaced the air conditioner compressor and am awaiting parts to repair the vaccum headlights. I understand that It is a common problem. I think I will be happy with the 350 engine because I have done a little "shade tree" mechanics on them in the past. I got some rough idling problems, but believe it is a result of the vaccum leaks in the emission control system that someone attemted to bypass. Hopefully, I will be able to get these minor problems corrected.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:1,000

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet CorvetteReview
thunder92 writes:
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A Corvette Is A True American Sports Car That Sets It Apart From The Others — I like the older style Vettes but the power and handling of the new Vettes are awesome. Cons style I want my car to look wicked not like its got a happy face!!!!!!!!!!!

Owner for 6 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:2,000

Pros: style but the 81 vettes aren't built for speed

Cons: little things going wrong like window motor cheap upholstery

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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My First And Not My Last Corvette —

After wrecking up my dependable 1991 Miata I decided to buy a newer and larger car. That promise lasted until I saw this beautiful 1981 Corvette. It was all yellow (one of only a few thousand made that year) it had a stick and looked almost new. I bought it a few days later and I still find reasons to drive it every day. It has been in ths shop often however. I warn all new buyers 'origional parts' may sound good in the sales speach but when you are buying an old car that means parts means some slouch didn't bother with regular service and saftey issues. All of those nice origional parts will be worn and will need replacing quickly. For me it was u joints, front and rear brakes and a master cyl. The power window motor is shot, that is small but pricey. The shocks are qustionable and I have a leak in my windsheild and the idol races between stall speed and light speed and nowhere in between. But as each repair gets done we all know I am getting one step closer to having a collecter's car that could still out race the new Mustangs and could out shine any car built today. It is my first Vette and if I ever do get rid of it I know it won't be my ast Vette. It's a beauty eh?

Owner for 1 years, 3 months

Miles Driven per Year:2,000

16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe RWDReview
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Everyone....everyone ! ....examines A Vette In The Garage (4 Year Owner). —

First of all I love the looks of my car. I haven't gone on any log trips yet ( more than 3 hours) ,but with the power seat it adjust so that I have never found it to be uncomfortable. I have had 3 classic cars (Cord, Porsche, Corvette) and this is the easiest and least expensive to maintain. As far as performance ,braking and handling, there are newer cars that do it better. But I stopped driving cars to the edge in my thirties. Being a older car I have gone through it completely to stop leaks, rattles and to be sure its safe in every possible way .. That costs, but it also removes almost all doubt of disappointment. When I go to my toy after its sat for 5 days or 5 months (winter) . I`m good to go . Lastly ,every person who enjoys cars should own something they wished they could have had when they were younger. House payments , wife , kids came first . Now its my turn. I have had this itch since I saw the 1958 corvette , then it was the 63 through 67 and the 1978 thought 1982. Cost factored into the purchase. A wise man told me " Buy what you can afford ... then multiply that by at least two ". Boy was he right on . So in closing , I would say put a list together of your top five choices. Check your funds to spend. Give yourself at least five years if its even slightly a project. Then enjoy talking with people about your car .Going different places for both the drive and the destination. And hearing some weird comments.

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

Pros: Great looks , Easy to get parts, Everyone can work on this car. America`s true sports car, It is what I perceive my idea of what a sports car should be in a specific time.

Cons: Gas consumption, People want to touch it ! , No bumpers , Very bright inside on a sunny day (a cap cures that). As I get older , getting in and out is harder.

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