1981 Corvette Stingray Specs
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81 Corvette Stingray Facts
Find specs, facts and figures, build numbers, and related information on the 1981 Corvette Stingray below:
Total Production: 40,606
Base price: $16,258
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri and Bowling Green, Kentucky
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Notes: Opening of Bowling Green factory, closure of St. Louis factory, last year for a manual transmission C3, first year for composite rear spring
Probably the most significant change this year was hidden from view. Corvettes with Turbo HydraMatic had a new fiberglass-reinforced monoleaf rear spring that weighed just eight pounds (33 pounds less than the multi-leaf steel spring it replaced). The new spring eliminated interleaf friction.
Manual-shift models kept the old spring, as did those with optional Gymkhana suspension. Side door glass was made even thinner again, in a further attempt to cut overall car weight.
A new L81 version of the 350-cid V-8 arrived this year. It was rated for 190 hp, with lightweight magnesium rocker arm covers. New stainless-steel free-flowing exhaust manifolds weighed 14 pounds less than the previous cast iron manifolds. A new thermostatically-controlled auxiliary electric fan boosted cooling and allowed use of a smaller main fan. The engine air cleaner had a new chrome cover. A new Computer Command Control system controlled fuel metering, as well as the torque converter lock-up clutch that operated in second and third gears. Manual transmission was available in all 50 states.It was the first time in several years that buyers of Corvettes sold in California could order a stick shift. A quartz crystal clock was now standard. The Corvette's standard anti-theft alarm added a starter-interrupt device. Joining the option list was a six-way power seat. Electronic-tuning radios could have built-in cassette or 8-track tape players or a CB transceiver.
The Corvette's standard equipment list included:
All two-tone cars were painted at the new plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
81 Corvette Options
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Removable Glass Roof Panels
Rear Window Defogger
Electric Sport Mirrors
Two Tone Paint (coupe)
Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers
Performance Axle Ratio
4-Speed Manual Transmission
White Letter SBR P225/70R15 Tires
White Letter SBR P255/60R15 Tires
AM-FM Stereo with 8-Track
AM-FM Stereo with 8-Track/CB
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette/CB
AM-FM Stereo Radio
Roof Panel Carrier
California Emission Certification
1981 Corvette Stingray Body Color Choiceses
1981 Corvette Stingray Interior Color Choices
* n/a = Build Numbers Not Available
Dark Blue Cloth
Dark Blue Leather