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History Nick Matranga - That Illustrious Sanguine '40 Merc!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Michelley, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Michelley -

    As usual, fantastic story telling & great historic photos!

    Thanks for sharing with the H.A.M.B. (Traditional Customs) community!
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  2. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 955

    from So. Cal.

    Man, that was good!!!
    I always dig reading your threads!
  3. jivin jer
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,102

    jivin jer

    SoCal of the '30s-'50s, the "Magic Kingdom" for us fans. It's gone, and will never happen again. Thanks Michelley, great stuff.
  4. BLEH
    Joined: Mar 29, 2001
    Posts: 144


  5. emiliedk
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 614

    from denmark

    Thanks Michelle..another great read!..

    say Hi to David!
  6. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 616

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    Top Notch thread Michelley. Absolutely love the history and photos. Keep up the good work.
  7. Thanks Michelley...very interesting reading...even for an 80 year old dude..THANKS
  8. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,892

    from Drag City

    Michelle, I'm proud to call you and David friends . I enjoy talking to you both, and always look forward to your informative articles. Lastly, I'm glad Jesse Lopez is still around as his stories are great ! Axle
  9. Great read, thank you for sharing this with us here....Rob
  10. sled
    Joined: Nov 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,076


    a HUGE THANKS Michelle for preserving history,will take my time and read all these cool real life stories,its our background and a big influence...matter of fact the Matranga Merc is right on top...keep up the outstanding work!!!! there any original color picture of the Matranga's Merc beside Rickster colorized ones??just wondering
  11. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,722

    from Nor Cal

    Thanks Michelley. Lots of history there! Can we see any pics of David's Merc yet?
  12. This is a great read and a much needed shot in the arm for history of customs. I cant wait to see the real color of the Matranga merc. Thanks for doing this great write up ,fantastic job.
  13. What he said....^ O U T S T A N D I N G !!
  14. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 922


    Excellent job as usual! Thanks for sharing!
  15. D Staig
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 186

    D Staig

    What a great read!!!

    Thanks so much for posting these cool stories.
  16. Rockerhead
    Joined: Nov 16, 2006
    Posts: 321

    Member Emeritus

    Good article Michelley.
    I was not into the customs then but I appreciated the styles of Mercurys like Nick's.
    However I did know many of the "players" you showed from the racing area. I enjoyed their memories that you brought out.
    I remember holding my breath on a thrill ride down Venice Blvd. at noon, with Joe Pisano in his Buick in 1952. I also raced againist the O'Brien-Rackemann-Baney roadster in 1954. We had some good times.
    Keep up the good work looking back at the good old days.
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  17. Michelley
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 104


    Oh My Stars!
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  18. 53chevy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,570


    Thank You for doing this article, once agian, the stories of the past by those who lived in an era that I admire so much. Custom cars in California, more so, Southern California.

  19. No Plan
    Joined: Nov 2, 2008
    Posts: 254

    No Plan

    That was truly great! Thanks for putting this up.
  20. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,234


    Great article on a great man and car. I could read this article all day long. Wish there was more!

  21. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,521



    Thank you so much for posting this. The effort required for the research of this article must have been immense. It shows a deep appreciation for this classic custom and the vision that went into it's creation.

    The Matranga Merc, with it's smooth flowing lines is one of the most beautiful customs of all time. It is definitely a "Classic" in all meanings of the word.

    I've always been more of a "hot rod" guy, rather than a "custom" guy. However, this custom is one of my all time favorite cars. Thank you again for all of the time and consideration that went into posting this.

  22. Michelle, I've enjoyed the other things you've written, but this is your best so far. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2014
  23. Hot Rod Cowboy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2010
    Posts: 231

    Hot Rod Cowboy
    from Dallas, TX

    I hate to ignorant, but everyone keeps saying great article - all I see are picture attachments??? Where is the article?

    Nick's car has always been one of my favorites and I want more info!

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  24. Great stuff Michelley!! Always cool to read this kind of history.
  25. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,402


    It starts on the first page of this thread...
  26. Hot Rod Cowboy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2010
    Posts: 231

    Hot Rod Cowboy
    from Dallas, TX

    Um, not for me it doesn't. The very 1st post on the very 1st page is nothing but pictures. There is no article on any page or post for me.

    Anyone else using the HAMB app on iPhone? I wonder if that has something to do with it.

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
  27. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    from Monterey

    Nice read.
  28. jwcaddy
    Joined: Jul 31, 2007
    Posts: 261

    from golden,co.

    Hey Hot Rod Cowboy, it did the same for me when I was on the Hamb app. but you can read it on your computer.
  29. Hot Rod Cowboy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2010
    Posts: 231

    Hot Rod Cowboy
    from Dallas, TX

    Jwcaddy and Michelley,

    I finally got to a laptop instead of my phone and there the article is!!! Thanks for the help and thanks for the great read. Viva la HAMB!
  30. Michelley
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 104


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