Little Red Corvette: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3

The plastic bumper C3 generation Corvette is not the most desirable of cars to have proudly displayed the crossed flags emblem, but if your budget is less than $10k and you don’t like the plain looking C4…then the C3 is your best choice.  Sorry.  Find this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette C3 offered for $9,000 in Manteca, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The world is filled with self appointed automotive aficionados who will tell you how horrible the C3 handles or how they were assembled by idiots — but there are an equal number of folks who love the Mako shark styling and couldn’t care less how the car turns in at an apex or responds to trail braking.  These normal folks aren’t obsessed with things like how fast the C3 can drive around a figure-8 track and instead look at the shiny red paint and see a fun way to drive to the supermarket.

Under the hood is a 350 cubic inch small block Chevrolet V8 that would have been rated at 190 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque.  The seller states: it has a/c, p/s, p/b, p/w and p/l — hey, remember when you were limited to the number of characters you could put in an Autotrader print ad?  Yeah. So does the seller.

This little red Corvette is dedicated in the memory of Prince Rogers Nelson, who may have been an odd dude but was unquestionably a talented musician.