Corvette: Year by Year1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Moves to Bowling Green KY
Right: 85 MPH was the maximum reading on the 1981 Corvette speedometer and was a Federal Safety requirement intended to conserve fuel. Note the emphasis on the "55" reading, also a federal requirement. The regulations did not have the desired effect as fuel consumption remained mostly the same. These were the days of the 55 mph speed limit (derisively known as the "double nickels") which was widely ignored and ridiculed. The legal requirement ended in 1981 as the result of the need to eliminate excessive government regulation.
Corvette owners typically do not like to conform and ingenuity came to the rescue in the form of a .610 gear set placed in the speedometer cable. This meant that the kilometer per hour scale could be used to accurately display speed beyond 85 mph.
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1981 Corvette Options, Prices
|A42||Power Driver Seat||29,200 (71.91%)||$183.00|
|AU3||Power Door Locks||36,322 (89.45%)||$145.00|
|C49||Rear Window Defogger||36,893 (90.86%)||$119.00|
|CC1||Removable Glass Roof Panels||29,095 (71.65%)||$414.00|
|D84||Two-Tone Paint||5,352 (13.18%)||$399.00|
|DG7||Electric Sport Mirrors||13,567 (33.41%)||$117.00|
|F51||Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers||1,128 (2.78%)||$37.00|
|FE7||Gymkhana Suspension||7,803 (19.22%)||$57.00|
|G92||Performance Axle Ratio||2,400 (5.91%)||$20.00|
|K35||Cruise Control||32,522 (80.09%)||$155.00|
|MM4||4-Speed Manual Transmission||5,757 (14.18%)||n/a|
|N90||Aluminum Wheels (4)||36,485 (89.85%)||$428.00|
|QGR||White Letter SBR Tires, P225 / 70R15||21,939 (54.03%)||$72.00|
|QXH||White Letter SBR Tires, P255 / 60R15||18,004 (44.34%)||$491.92|
|U58||AM-FM Radio, stereo||5,145 (12.67%)||$95.00|
|U75||Power Antenna||32,903 (81.03%)||$55.00|
|UL5||Radio Delete||315 (0.78%)||n/a|
|UM4||AM-FM Radio, etc stereo with 8-track||8,262 (20.35%)||$386.00|
|UM5||AM-FM Radio, etc stereo with 8-track/CB||792 (1.95%)||$712.00|
|UM6||AM-FM Radio, etc stereo with cassette||22,892 (56.38%)||$423.00|
|UN5||AM-FM Radio, etc stereo with cassette/CB||2,349 (5.78%)||$750.00|
|V54||Roof Panel Carrier||3,303 (8.13%)||$135.00|
|YF5||California Emission Certification||4,951 (12.19%)||$46.00|
|ZN1||Trailer Package||916 (2.26%)||$110.00|
Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 190 hp engine: $16,258.52.
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|06||Mahogany Metallic||1,092 (2.69%)||Camel / Dark Red|
|10||White||6,387 (15.73%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel / Dark Blue / Dark Red / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|13||Silver Metallic||2,590 (6.38%)||Black / Charcoal / Dark Blue / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|19||Black||4,712 (11.60%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel / Dark Red / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|24||Bright Blue Metallic||1 (0.00%)||Charcoal / Camel / Dark Blue / Silver Grey|
|28||Dark Blue Metallic||2,522 (6.21%)||Camel / Dark Blue / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|33||Silver Metallic||3,369 (8.30%)||Charcoal / Dark Blue / Dark Red / Silver Grey|
|33/38||Silver / Dark Blue||n/a||Dark Blue / Silver Gray|
|33/39||Silver / Charcoal||n/a||Charcoal / Silver Gray|
|38||Dark Blue Metallic||496 (1.22%)||Camel / Dark Blue / Silver Grey|
|39||Charcoal Metallic||613 (1.51%)||Charcoal / Dark Red / Silver Grey|
|50||Beige||2,239 (5.51%)||Charcoal / Camel / Dark Blue / Dark Red|
|50/74||Beige / Dark Bronze||n/a||Camel|
|52||Yellow||1,031 (2.54%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel|
|59||Beige||3,842 (9.46%)||Camel / Dark Blue / Dark|
|74||Dark Bronze||432 (1.06%)||Charcoal / Camel|
|75||Red||4,310 (10.61%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|79||Maroon Metallic||1,618 (3.98%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|80||Autumn Red||1,505 (3.71%)||Charcoal / Camel / Dark Red / Silver Grey|
|80/98||Autumn Red / Dark Claret||n/a||Dark Red / Silver Gray|
|84||Charcoal Metallic||3,485 (8.58%)||Black / Charcoal / Camel / Medium Red / Silver Grey|
|98||Dark Claret Metallic||n/a||Camel / Dark Red / Silver|
Notes: The vast color choices was due to the fact that 1981 Corvettes were built at both the St. Louis MO and Bowling Green KY plants.
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