Cruisin' the Coast

‘61 ‘Vette in mint condition turns heads at Cruisin’ the View

Michael Mardellus of Biloxi poses with his 1961 Chevrolet Corvette during Gulfport’s View the Cruise event in downtown Gulfport on the first day of Cruisin’ The Coast, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.
Michael Mardellus of Biloxi poses with his 1961 Chevrolet Corvette during Gulfport’s View the Cruise event in downtown Gulfport on the first day of Cruisin’ The Coast, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Car of the day: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette.

Owner: Michael Marcellus of Biloxi.

What’s it got in it? 230 HP four-speed manual transmission. Tires are the original ply tires.

What’s been done to it? He bought the car in mint condition from an estate in upstate New York, where the owner had glassed in six cars to display in the front of his home. Marcellus replaced the original tail lights that had been repositioned by a previous owner in California, and he repainted the rear-end, but the paint color didn’t match, so he repainted the entire car Jewel blue.

How long did it take? Several weeks.

What brings you here? He’s been coming to Cruisin’ for years. His wife, Kathleen, was to bring a 1929 Ford Model T truck, but she became ill and couldn’t make it.

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