1981 Corvette

1981 Corvette Pricing, Factory Options, & Colors

This page has most, if not all, of the options available when ordering a new 1981 Chevrolet Corvette. Also included are the interior and exterior color options, including paint codes. Read more: 1981 Corvette research center.

1981 Corvette Factory Options

CODE EXTERIOR QTY PLANT INTERIOR
06 Mahogany Metallic  1,092  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Red
10  White  6,387  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Dk. Blue, Dk. Red, Med. Red, Silver Gray
13  Silver Metallic  2,590  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Dark Blue, Medium Red, Silver Gray
19  Black  4,712  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Dark Red, Medium Red, Silver Gray
24  Bright Blue Metallic  1  St. Louis  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Blue, Silver Gray
28  Dark Blue Metallic  2,522  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Blue, Medium Red, Silver Gray
33  Silver Metallic  3,369 B. Green  Charcoal, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Silver Gray
38  Dark Blue Metallic  496 B. Green  Camel, Dark Blue, Silver Gray
39  Charcoal Metallic  613  B. Green  Charcoal, Dark Red, Silver Gray
50  Beige  2,239  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Blue, Dark Red
52  Yellow  1,031  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel
59  Beige  3,842  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Medium Red
74  Dark Bronze  432  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel
75  Red  4,310  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
79  Maroon Metallic  1,618  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
80  Autumn Red  1,505  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Red, Silver Gray
84  Charcoal Metallic 3,485  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
98  Dark Claret Metallic  341  B. Green  Camel, Dark Red, Silver Gray
33/38  Silver/Dark Blue  —-  St.L./B.G.  Dark Blue, Silver Gray
33/39  Silver/Charcoal  —-  St.L./B.G.  Charcoal, Silver Gray
50/74  Beige/Dark Bronze  —-  St.L./B.G.  Camel
80/98  Autumn Red/Dark Claret  —-  St.L./B.G.  Dark Red, Silver Gray

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY87)

  • The base price of the 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 190 horsepower engine, 4-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission, leather/vinyl or cloth/vinyl interior trim, tinted glass, AM/FM Radio, power windows, air conditioning, tilt telescopic steering wheel, and T-tops were included in the base price.

Power Door Locks (AU3)

  • Factory installed power door locks.

Power Driver Seat (A42)

  • Six-way driver’s side power seat

Removable Glass Roof Panels (CC1)

  • Tinted glass lift-out roof panels

Rear Window Defogger (C49)

  • An optional rear window forced air defogger.

Electric Sport Mirrors (DG7)

  • Electric, twin remote, sport mirrors.

Two-Tone Paint (D84)

  • Two-tone exterior paint scheme from the new Bowling Green plant included the following choices: Silver/Dark Blue, Silver/Charcoal, Beige/Dark Bronze, Autumn Red/Dark Claret

Gymkhana Suspension (FE7)

  • An optional, heavier-duty suspension system for higher levels of performance.
  • The Gymkhana rear leaf springs contained 9 leafs, though the top leaf is very small. GM identifies the rear leaf springs as an 8-leaf spring.
  • Included a stiffer front sway bar and stiffer springs.
  • There were no restrictions on ordering this option – it could be ordered with any engine/transmission combination.

Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers (F51)

  • Not available with Trailer Package ZN1.
  • Not available with Gymkhana Suspension FE7.

Performance Axle Ratio (G92)

  • Requires MX1 Automatic Transmission and YF5 California Emissions

Cruise Control (K35)

  • Cruise control allowed the car to maintain a set speed without the driver depressing the accelerator pedal.
  • The cruise control option was only available with MX1 automatic transmission.
  • Included “Resume” control. Resume allowed the driver to return to a preset speed.

4-Speed Manual Transmission (MM4)

  • 4-speed manual transmission.
  • MM4 was a no-cost option.

Aluminum Wheels (4) (N90)

  • Included four aluminum wheels and a conventional steel spare

White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires, P225/70R15 (QGR)

  • Optional size tires with special raised white lettering.

White Letter Steel Belted Radial Tires, P255/60R15 (QXH)

  • Standard size tires with special raised white lettering.
  • Radio Delete (UL5) – Radio deletion for a credit of $118.00
  • Deletes standard radio and speakers.

AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned Stereo with 8-Track Tape (UM4)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with an 8-Track Tape Player.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes 8-track tape deck.

AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned Stereo with 8-Track Tape and CB (UM5)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with a 8-Track Tape Deck and CB Radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes 8-Track Tape Deck.
  • includes Citizens Band Radio.

AM-FM Radio, electronically tuned Stereo with Cassette (UM6)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with a Cassette Tape Player.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes Cassette Tape player.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette and CB (UN5)

  • The standard/stock radio equipped with a Cassette Tape Player and CB Radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.
  • Includes Cassette Tape player.
  • Includes Citizens Band Radio.

AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U58)

  • A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio.
  • The radio received broadcast in FM 2-channel stereo, FM monaural, and AM monaural.

Power Antenna (U75)

  • A rear deck antenna that retracts and extends when the radio or ignition is powered off and on respectively. The power antenna extends 31 inches.
  • Not available with UL5, UM5 or UN5.

Roof Panel Carrier (V54)

  • A carrier mounted to the rear deck for external transport of the removable roof panels.

California Emission Certification (YF5)

Trailer Package (ZN1)

  • Factory installed trailer package.
  • The trailer package included the FE7 Gymkhana Suspension and a heavy-duty radiator.
  • The hitch could support approximately 100 pounds of tongue weight.
  • Requires MX1 Automatic Transmission.

Notes:

  • The 1981 Corvette was built in two seperate locations. Chevrolet transitioned production from St. Louis, MS to Bowling Green, KY. The last production day in St. Louis was August 1, 1981. The Bowling Green plant began production on June 1, 1981.
  • Only one engine was available for the Corvette in 1981 – the L81. The L81 was certified for sale in all 50 states.
  • New fiberglass-reinforced Mono Leaf rear spring was standard with an automatic transmission. The design eliminates interleaf friction to help reduce ride harshness. The steel multi-leaf spring is retained with the manual transmission and optional Gymkhana suspension.
  • The automatic transmission included a converter clutch feature in 2nd and 3rd gears.
  • The Advanced Computer Command Control Center became standard in 1981. The system automatically adjusted ignition timing and air-fuel mixture.
  • Lightweight magnesium valve rocker covers in black with bright ribbed surface was standard.
  • New stainless steel, free-flow exhaust manifolds replaced the previous years cast iron manifolds offering a weight reduction of fourteen pounds.
  • New auxiliary electric fan cuts in if supplemental cooling is needed. This allowed a smaller fan with fewer, lower pitched fan blades for reduced fan drag and a quieter operation.
  • The standard anti-theft system was improved for 1981 by adding a starter-interrupt feature that disables the starter circuit if a forced entry is detected. Arming of the system is obtained by using the manual lock or power door control on the driver’s door. Simply unlocking the driver’s door with the key will disarm the system.
  • The headlight and windshield wiper switch bezel was painted the interior color as apposed to the standard black on the previous model year.
  • A quartz crystal-movement clock was standard. it was a more accurate and durable timepiece than the conventional mechanical-movement clocks.

1981 Corvette

See Also

C3 1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

1981 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Exterior Colors

CODE EXTERIOR QTY PLANT INTERIOR
06 Mahogany Metallic  1,092  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Red
10  White  6,387  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Dk. Blue, Dk. Red, Med. Red, Silver Gray
13  Silver Metallic  2,590  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Dark Blue, Medium Red, Silver Gray
19  Black  4,712  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Dark Red, Medium Red, Silver Gray
24  Bright Blue Metallic  1  St. Louis  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Blue, Silver Gray
28  Dark Blue Metallic  2,522  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Blue, Medium Red, Silver Gray
33  Silver Metallic  3,369 B. Green  Charcoal, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Silver Gray
38  Dark Blue Metallic  496 B. Green  Camel, Dark Blue, Silver Gray
39  Charcoal Metallic  613  B. Green  Charcoal, Dark Red, Silver Gray
50  Beige  2,239  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Blue, Dark Red
52  Yellow  1,031  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel
59  Beige  3,842  St. Louis  Camel, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Medium Red
74  Dark Bronze  432  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel
75  Red  4,310  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
79  Maroon Metallic  1,618  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
80  Autumn Red  1,505  B. Green  Charcoal, Camel, Dark Red, Silver Gray
84  Charcoal Metallic 3,485  St. Louis  Black, Charcoal, Camel, Medium Red, Silver Gray
98  Dark Claret Metallic  341  B. Green  Camel, Dark Red, Silver Gray
33/38  Silver/Dark Blue  —-  St.L./B.G.  Dark Blue, Silver Gray
33/39  Silver/Charcoal  —-  St.L./B.G.  Charcoal, Silver Gray
50/74  Beige/Dark Bronze  —-  St.L./B.G.  Camel
80/98  Autumn Red/Dark Claret  —-  St.L./B.G.  Dark Red, Silver Gray

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