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7/18/08 2:15pm - Original Message: '1981 Convertible??'
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Has anyone ever heard this story about GM pulling 9 cars in 1981 and making them convertibles for executives? Here it is on Ebay:


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7/18/08 2:25pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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Thumbs%20Up   Very nice!
         I never heard the story of the 81's getting pulled off the line and
         converted. But, every now 'n then I'll catch a glimps of a later C3
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         Way Cool!   Cool 


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7/18/08 3:13pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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That's a nice car. If the car has proper documentation to back up the story it could bring a very good price. Gold is not normally a color I like but this looks pretty good. 

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7/18/08 4:35pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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It is a very ice looking Vert. If I were to sell the Blacray I would snatch this car up. I like the odd color as well as the fact it is a 4 spd & a Vert. Being a later model means it has some nice creture comforts providing a good ride while cruisin!!!

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7/18/08 4:58pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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There is just something wrong with this picture, I have done a search and cant find anything to back this up. It's a nice car but parts will interchange with the right person doing the work, that rear deck lid is from a convertible, you can order the top rear section by it's self and make just about anything a vert.
 I find the story hard to swallowdohMaybe Joel has some info on this?
 
Ok I have to back off the statement, a friend of mine told me he read something about the cars being done, didnt know how many or where it was done. I stand corrected.Confused
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7/18/08 6:31pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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well.. just after a little looking, there was a company ACI that created 37 convertibles, but, they were Duntov Turbo's... they had what looks like a daytona style fender flares, to allow wider tires and such.... total of 86 were made with 37 of those drop tops... though there was a 3 Phase stages available(Phase 1, Phase 2..so on)... so, not sure as the article does not go into detail as to what the phases included.  Article is from Corvette Fever,  here is a link to it. 
 
 
 


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7/18/08 9:48pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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I remember seeing this here last time it was on e-bay.  I think it was agreed at that time that the story was not exactly right, but that there were a small number of conversions done, but none by GM directly.  The Duntov convertibles were a different breed - not like this.
 
I too would love to have this car.  I always loved that 80-82 body style.


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7/18/08 10:09pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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 Well guys after I saw the pictures of the 81 convertible on E-bay,I saw one in N.J when I was looking for my car.This one was white ,however nothing was said about it being 1-of?.If you want to see it ,it's at www.EastcoastcorvettesLLC.com. Now there two that are known.
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7/18/08 10:12pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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[QUOTE=Aaron1976] Gold is not normally a color I like but this looks pretty good. [/QUOTE]
 
WHAT???!!!!Shocked  You hurt the "C3 Corvette Queen's" feelings!CryCryCry
 
I like the car, Bryan..Wink
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7/18/08 11:10pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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IIts a nice car, but i am not a ragtop man. Not to offend anyone with the straight window c3, but one of the reasons i chose the 81 is for the body style.

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7/19/08 12:29am - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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There is a local 81 Convertible looks just like it in silver.  The story on it is a local restoration shop bought a wrecked 75 vert and an 81 and made the one from two so can be done.  Whatever the story behind this gold one, it sure looks good in pictures.  A lot of cars just look awful when made into convertibles and some cars look good in convertibles with the top down, but look horrible as coupes.  Not so the C3.  Somehow it looks good top up or down, coupe or convertible and bubble back or flat window.  
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7/19/08 3:35pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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I like the looks of this car. Like Tux, I would snatch it up if my garage wasn't full if toys.

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7/19/08 3:43pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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Well Scott.... the green light just came on.... My wife really likes the looks of the car and the fact that is is a vert.

Does anybody live close to Wylie Texas that can look at this car for me? Tuxblacray2008-07-20 05:37:55

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7/19/08 4:24pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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There is about 6 or more members up in the Dallas area that are close to it, maybe you can get on of them to take a look at it. Joel lives up there also, I'm about 150 miles from it. fp_vetter722008-07-19 13:25:40

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7/19/08 7:35pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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Keep me posted Larry. I would love to see a member here get the car.

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7/20/08 8:31am - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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[QUOTE=fp_vetter72] There is about 6 or more members up in the Dallas area that are close to it, maybe you can get on of them to take a look at it. Joel lives up there also, I'm about 150 miles from it. [/QUOTE]

I'll start with the open request.... here....and I have contacted the buyer for additional info and his blessing to send someone to review the car....

Like Marshall I believe I remember this car when it was on Ebay some time ago. It had the same write up as now. We had the same discussion as we are having now about the validity. I believe we determined that it was done at a conversion shop.

I am pretty sure the conversion is using an earlier model tub since I can see the Astro Ventilation grills behind the drop top hatch.

For me it would be nice to know the history but it would not be the defining factor of the purchase.

Sad part is I will sell the Blacray if I buy this car... It has been in my garage longer than anything I have ever bought to drive.... Hmmmmnnnn... but then again it is just a car ..... Right????? Tuxblacray2008-07-20 06:06:54

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7/20/08 8:53pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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I think Wylie is about 30 somethin' miles from me.  I can go check it out, heck I would love to go check it out, Tux.  I'll take the Poop-On (disappointed with Otis right now) when I check it out.  Where in Wylie is it?  Got a number???.....address........????? ........ give me the info and I'll do it. Big%20smile

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7/20/08 9:32pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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Thanks Micki,

I sent Jason a PM asking if I can get an address for you to review the car. I told him that I would be providing you with his cell phone number so that you could call ahead to him. I just did this so he hasn't responded yet. I would think this would be okay though since he has the number posted on EBAY.

He says...... "Please call with any questions - Jason 214-616-8207, cental time but I stay up late- call anytime." I will check back on this later. I have family here today and Lora and I are leaving Monday on vacation. I will catch up with you later on .


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7/21/08 2:47pm - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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I too love the way the '80-'82s look as a convertible. I've always like that body style and the convertible is just the icing on the cake.

That would be cool if you got it Tux. Good luck!   

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7/22/08 11:23am - Reply: '1981 Convertible??'
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I also would like some local information  Greypoupon69 if possible, I am looking for a convertable. Thanks Gene

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