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12/21/10 3:21pm - Original Message: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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1981 Corvette, Red / Black, 8900 original miles, Mirror T-top.

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Unfortunately,  I need to sell my Dad's '81 C3.  Yes, the subject line is correct, it has 8900 (+ change) original miles on it.  My Dad bought this car from his neighbor friend in 1981 and has kept it in his garage, covered ever since.  He took it out on summer weekends to clean and wax it, drive it around the block, and let people gawk, then put it back in the garage.  He drove out of the neighborhood only on rare special occasions, like to my bachelor party in 1986, graduations, etc...   
 
Red with Black leather interior and mirror t-tops.
 
It is exactly as it came from the factory except for the following:
 
new master cylinder
new brakes all around
new OEM power antenna
new battery
fan belt
maybe a light bulb or two
oil and air filters
oil and gasoline Tongue
 
I may have missed a couple things, and I will update this if I find anything.
 
Everything else is original, including the tires, which still have lots of tread and are in great shape.
Factory AM/FM/8 Track, cruise control, power door locks, rear defogger, aluminum wheels, a/c.
 
I just had the a/c recharged and while it seems that it is getting cold, the heater control seems to be stuck on heat/floor right now.  I will fix this when I get a chance.  There are a couple of minor garage scratches on exterior, but looks very good in general.  My Dad spilled a little battery acid on the carpet behind the driver seat when he replaced the battery, and the carpet now has a couple of small bleached out spots there.
 
It has only had one very minor ding to rear fender which was fixed very well many years ago and still cannot be detected.  My father has been diagnosed with cancer, he can't drive it anymore, and he needs the money.  Please contact me if you know of anyone who might be interested.  Car is in the greater Cleveland, OH area.  Thanks.
 
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12/21/10 4:19pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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Sorry for your Dad, I so hate "C" it has taken away to many great people. I bought my Red C3 from a buddy on his death bed just tying up all the loose ends.

 

A few pictures will help you, and you might want to put a starting price on it. This site gets a lot of exposure and though it's a tough market right now, people are always looking.

Good luck with the sale the car sounds very nice.
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12/21/10 4:54pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Thanks ebo.  I have some pictures that I will put up soon.  I was hoping to get the input of some more experienced Vette people on where we should price it, but I am doing some research on my own trying to come up with a reasonable starting point. 
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12/21/10 8:48pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Also, since your Dad kept that car so long it must really be special to him. Life is short, maybe you should be the next name on that title.............

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12/21/10 8:58pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Also, since your Dad kept that car so long it must really be special to him. Life is short, maybe you should be the next name on that title.............

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12/21/10 11:15pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Hmmm, I never thought of that.  Well, maybe once or twice.  OK, I have thought about it every day.  And I'm sure I could get it really cheap too, of course, that means I would have to pay all of his doctor bills! Ouch
 
I'll be buying it if we cant get a fair price, but we have to try for the money first.  I guess I'll just have to sell one of my other toys to make room in the garage if that happens. It is a beautiful car, and I did get looks from a couple of nice looking moms at soccer practice when I drove it this summer Big smile.  Still, I feel guilty every time I put a mile on it.  I dont want to be the one to turn 10000!
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12/21/10 11:35pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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Sorry to hear about you Dad.  If you must sell the car, based on your description, I would not sell it for under 10,000.  Pictures , would be helpful and may increase the selling price. 
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12/22/10 1:18am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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I tried to put pictures on this web site  http://kubanvette.embarqspace.com/
Let me know if it doesn't work for you.
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12/22/10 9:19am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Barry pictures are nice, good job. You will need some closeups under the hood. I see the asking price and I'll be honest, you will need a award winning C3 to get that price But you never know till you try. It may be the sun but it looks like it could use a good body detailing including buffing. If you were closer I'd help you. Interior looks real good and dash pad also. Take a black "Sharpie" to the bleached out carpet.
 
And if you keep it your Dad would much rather see you putting miles on then anyone else.....sell the bike!
Have a great xmas with your Dad.....give him something that both of you will remember.
God BlessStar
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12/22/10 1:54pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Yes, I know the price is optimistic, but I had to talk him down to start there!  You are right, it is not just the sun, I didn't even get a chance to wash it before I took those pictures.  It would look a lot better with a full detail.  I have some more pictures, including some under the hood, but I ran out of space on that web site.  I'll switch some around later.  Thanks for the input.
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12/22/10 2:39pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Barry, I have a friend that is talking about getting a vette and I will show this one to him. I cant promise anything but I will do what I can to help you. I agree with the rest of this C3VR family that it would be great if you could keep the car. As a father I sure hope that my kids keep both of mine and drive them and enjoy them! best of luck and our hearts go out to your father and family.
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12/22/10 2:51pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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[QUOTE=ebo]Barry pictures are nice, good job. You will need some closeups under the hood.[/QUOTE]
 
Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope you do have an opportunity to hang on to the car, but as ebo mentioned, you need some really clean engine shots showing that bright colored wiring, clean engine paint, etc. That will support a higher end price for your car.
 
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12/22/10 3:26pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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1978 Indy Pace Car. All original. A true survivor. 2nd owner Only 300 miles.

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I too am sorry to hear about your dad. The Mrs and I went through that last year losing her dad to that  horrible disease. It's tough time of year to be selling a Vette, but due take the time to detail the heck out of it. Price wise I think your right in the ball park. Of course if you can possibly keep it do so!
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12/22/10 3:55pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Barry, check one more thing......look between the tread on the tires chances are if it has been sitting they will be dry rotted / cracked. My originals looked brand new until you check them really close. If they are dried out get them off. Do not throw them away as they have high value if you ever want to show the car.
The last thing you want to do is drive that car and have a tire blow out. Tires are a heck of a lot cheaper than shattered fiberglass.
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1/2/11 12:37am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Sorry to hear about your Dad. If you can, try to keep the car for yourself.
I have to agree with some of the other comments here. Get more close up pics of the car and detail the heck out of it.
 I have to agree with "ebo." The starting price is a bit steep for an '81, unless it is in absolute show condition. Most of the rubber bumper vettes just don't command high selling prices. Heck I have over $30k into my '81 and it wins awards but I'd be lucky to get $15k for it out on the market. But like Dan said, don't take anything under $10k if you really have to sell it.

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1/2/11 3:33am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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1981 Corvette, Red / Black, 8900 original miles, Mirror T-top.

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Thanks again, I will check on that.
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1/2/11 3:35am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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1981 Corvette, Red / Black, 8900 original miles, Mirror T-top.

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Thanks for the advice.  Nice car!
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1/2/11 10:52am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Nice car ! Good Luck with the sale. Sorry about your dad. You might also want to list on corvette forum and/or see comparable prices and models.

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c3s-for-sale-wanted-56/
 

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1/2/11 10:53am - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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another 81 on the other forum


http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c3s-for-sale-wanted/2750888-fs-1981-white-corvette-in-ny-12-900-obo.html

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1/2/11 12:53pm - Reply: ''81 C3 For Sale... -8900- orig. miles'
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Clint, nice find that for sure will give him a comparison. Maybe it's me but when you put so much work into a Vette then go low buck on the tires. I like cooper and have run them on some every day driver's but a vette needs a tire with a racing DNA. Even if they are 30 bucks more each...that is what connects your vette to the ground.

Even this white one needs much more work under the hood, like a $5 can of alt. gray and get that reconditioner flat black off of the brake booster. Any time I see a reconditioned car with the whole under hood sprayed over in that flat black I feel it was wrecked and they are overcoating to hide something. You want top buck do it the right way.

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