Rick Mast knows his late mother would be the biggest fan of this beautiful 1961 Corvette that he and his brother bought less than two years ago. She had ridden in a brand new white '61 Vette as a young woman and never forgot the experience. `I've always thought this car was a tribute to our mom,' Mast says.
It's hard to capture the essence of the pearl metallic green accents of the Corvette, as the color morphs into different tones according to the ambient lighting. Here, the green pops clearly under warm fluorescents.
Seen from the left rear flank, the two-tone color scheme comes alive. The Corvette was equipped with only a soft top when the Mast brothers bought it; they found a nearly perfect hardtop on eBay, had it painted and now it seldom is taken off the car.
Rick Mast says the green and white Corvette has a `Hollywood feel' to it, looking like something a movie star would have driven back in the day. So it's often displayed with appropriate Hollywood memorabilia.
The rear end treatment of the '61 Corvette, with its crisply curved lines, bumperettes and twin recessed tail lights hinted at things to come from the styling department, which turned out the classic Sting Ray design two years later.
The Mast brothers chose to keep the modifications on their '61 Vette to a minimum, limiting changes to the wheel/tire combo and adding an understated splash of color to the equation. The car never fails to attract approving attention.
Rick, left, and Russ Mast are die-hard Corvette fans, having owned up to four of them at a time. Their C1 version in Ermine White with Mystic Green Metallic top and cove is probably their most subtle car so far.