This next C3 generation Corvette offers probably the best smile per dollar of any generation Corvette, and this next one is a seller submission from tjnet2030 who writes: Well, the day has come… as a long-time DT reader, I am selling my mild resto-mod 1981 Little Red Corvette. Find this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette here on eBay bidding for $6,000 in Reno, NV with 5 days to go.
The C3 generation Corvette was sold from 1968 through 1982, and this example comes from the later years with the final restyle of the front end to include an aerodynamic splitter in the plastic nose piece. Per the seller: This is a private sale from an auto enthusiast in dry, road salt-free Nevada. Stored indoors, ~300hp V8 (versus only 190hp stock), automatic, cold AC, very clean. One of only 4310 Little Red Corvettes from the GM factory that year. Clear title in my name. Clean VINCheck (similar to CarFaxl). VIN# 1G1AY876XBS42771.
350 CID 4 bolt main, w/balanced rotating assembly. 7Qt low profile oil pan
Angle plug ProComp cast iron cylinder heads
1.5 Ratio Aluminum Roller Rockers; Hardened steel pushrods
High Performance Cam, w/Rhoads Lifters, HighTorque mini starter
Quiet Gear Drive, high flow aluminum waterpump; High perf mech. fuel pump
Performer RPM 4 BBL intake manifold, 600 cfm Holley Carb
MSD Billet Distributor Electronic ignition w/external controller
New Lower aluminum small diameter racing pulley, 3 new v-belts
New powder coated black Chevrolet valve covers w/new red anodized wing nuts
1.5” small tube headers with H pipe dual exhaust with Flow Masters and
new Chrome tips
Reman AC compressor, new manifold hose assembly, and orifice tube,
Seats and door panels in excellent shape, no side bolster wear. New carpet, new floor mats, new door sills
Power locks have new switches and new harness connectors both doors
Interior overall in excellent shape, new aftermarket oil pressure and coolant temp gauges to complement the high performance engine
New Sony CD player with 4 new speakers, Rockford Fosgate 6X9’s in new speaker boxes. 4 point roll cage, new seat belts, new AC control panel
Nice and shiny red paint
Fiberglass in good condition, has small fiberglass checking in various places and chips that I have had touched up. Very small curb rash area in front under license plate area (hard to see, even in photos). Otherwise, good daily driver paint. Gets compliments on a continual basis.
New windshield, T-tops operate well, inside cosmetic t-top trim panels missing, but not needed. For my purposes, the car is a fair weather vehicle, and the t-tops just add security vs. a rag top, for parking.
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