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    Quote Originally Posted by sjcea View Post
    Show me when it sells for that amount. You can ask anything you want. Doesn't mean you will get it. 1 on ebay asking $31,000 , all others under 10k for an all original unrestored car. I've sold 30 of these easy over the past 3 years
    It SOLD. See the last word. Not here to argue with you . . .

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    Default I love proving people like you wrong

    At a glance I found 17 1981 Corvettes for $14,000.00 and above.
    you're trying to value a C3 with C4 prices. ....lol
    And by the way you're not the only person in the world who has owned more than a couple of Corvettes in their life and when I look up the price and or value of a car, I'm pretty sure that you're not the person that I would ask. That's why we have NADA, Kelly blue Book, and Haggerty.... and many more.
    This thread went downhill when you joined so now it must die......
    To all the positive post thanks for your input.
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    A nice '81 is a $14k-$18k car all day long...

    Super clean low mile originals would be in excess of that...

    Unless you get very lucky (possibly like the OP), under $8k is usually a pretty rough car...

    OP - good luck with your car; post up some pictures!

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    Come on everybody, is this the way we want it!? I would say back on topic!

    Greetings Peter
    Thanks bill81vette thanked for this post

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    The original question being will it hurt the value by repainting the car in the original color? If the original paint was in good condition and could be brought back to a presentable appearance I'd say keep it. But unfortunately it is not. A nice '81 will bring a good price but one needing paint will not, even if it is the original paint and low miles. One reason is that a high quality correct paint job can easily be in the 10k range plus or minus depending on who is contracted to do it. The value in these cars is not the same as, say, a big block '67 with the same miles and all original including paint. That car you would want to preserve if possible. The '81 needs to stand tall to have good value. The paint job and a thorough detailing including engine and underneath will make a big difference on your car's value. The fact that you can do it yourself even makes it more of a good deal.

    I say go for it.

    btw St Louis cars were lacquer. Check out this service bulletin from the knowledge base.

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    Put a nice paint job on it and enjoy it for years to come.

    A new car will depreciate much more in one year then a paint job will cost you. C3's are some of the best "bang for the buck" Corvettes out there. I've had 24 years of enjoyment with the same C3.

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    Default Close the loop, eh?

    Quote Originally Posted by windell1967 View Post
    At a glance I found 17 1981 Corvettes for $14,000.00 and above.
    you're trying to value a C3 with C4 prices. ....lol
    And by the way you're not the only person in the world who has owned more than a couple of Corvettes in their life and when I look up the price and or value of a car, I'm pretty sure that you're not the person that I would ask. That's why we have NADA, Kelly blue Book, and Haggerty.... and many more.
    This thread went downhill when you joined so now it must die......
    To all the positive post thanks for your input.
    Darn it Windell, what did you end up doing? You haven't closed the loop after piquing everyone's interest.

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