Finding a low mileage classic is great, but it doesn’t mean much if the car was stored outside and never maintained. Time can take its toll on an unprotected and uncared for car. Occasionally a low mileage car like this 1981 Corvette will show up that has been well cared for over the years. This car has 3,200 miles on it and is still like new. It is currently in Joliet, Illinois and can be found here on eBay with a BIN of $24,389.
The third generation Corvette is one of our least favorite generations of Corvette, but only because of the effects of emission regulations. With decreased compression and added emission devices, the carbureted 350 cui V8 only produced 190 hp and 280 lbs of torque. This car’s original engine has been serviced with new hoses and belts and is running great.
Like the rest of the car, the interior is still like new. This car came with power windows, power locks, power mirrors, AM/FM radio with 8-track, CB radio, and Power driver’s seat which are all still working. In ’80 Chevrolet decided to do a redesign of the integrated aerodynamics of the Corvette, which helped reduce drag and overall weight. This helped to make up for some of the lost horsepower.
This car is in amazing shape and has received the Bloomington Gold Survivor Certificate, Gold Certified, Benchmark Award, and the NCRS Top Flight Award. The asking price seems a little on the high side, but finding a Corvette in this kind of condition with only 3,200 miles on it is hard to do. You would easily spend this kind of money restoring a different car to this level, plus it wouldn’t be original. Being such a low mileage car leaves us wondering whether it should be driven or put in a museum. What do you guys think? Should it be driven like it was meant to be? Or should it go to a museum to be preserved?