I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways. Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

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  1. Memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates. —Marcel Proust Our condolences to the Matranga Family. – The Arias Family

  2. Our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy and condolences for the Matranga Family. I knew of Nick since I was very young from his outstanding custom cars. When I finally got to meet him later on he offered encouragement and advice, and a friendship developed that not only encompassed our mutual interests, also in seeing the world as it really is as well as how it really was. His stories and reminiscences brought the days of the early hot rod era to life, and perhaps more importantly what it was like to be young when it was good to be young in Los Angeles, USA.

  3. Nick was a paison whose family matriculated from a neighboring village in Palermo, Sicily. His mother knew all the families and their histories. So he knew by your family name what calibre of people you were. When I told him my family name of Meli (Detroit), he said, ‘They are good guys but formidable guys, don’t mess with one.’ Nick was very earnest, honest, and straight forward. He was a steadfast friend and intolerant of flakes. He was Proud to Serve both his family and his country in their times of need. He was a hot number in a hot custom -that illustrious sanguine ’40 Merc. Godspeed, my good fellow, on uplifted wings.

  4. I want to share my condolenes to the Matranga Family. I have never met Nick Matranga in person, but I have heard a lot of very good things about him. Thru my good friends David & Michelle, the magazine articles about Nick and his 1940 Mercury and many other people who did meet Nick in Person. I’m a custom car enthusiast from the Netherlands and his 1940 Mercury – even though gone since 1951 – will live on forever. Even as the name of Nick Matranga, which will be connected to the Chopped and Hard-Topped 1940 Mercury’s built all over the world. Thank you Nick, and Rest In Piece. Rik Hoving

  5. My condolences to the Matranga family. While I unfortunately never met Nick, I would like to say thanks for the inspiration he gave me to build kustoms and the influence his great ’40 Merc had on so many people. I have a picture of his Merc on my desk, and I get to stare at it everyday 🙂 Thanks, Nick! God Bless.

  6. RIP to one of our hobbies purest icons, your spirit lives on through the pages of history, and the grease on our hands, you will be greatly missed.

  7. Rest In Peace Nick . Your name will live on forever in the custom community , thanks for your 1940 Mercury custom car icon .

  8. Rest In Peace Nick. Thanks so much for your inspiration and artistic vision. It will live on beyond your wildest dreams. Prayers to the Matranga family. Peace.

  9. Very few reach, or deserve the status of Icon & Legend, but Nick certainly has earned that label. All around the world, when people hear one simple word – Matranga – they instantly know exactly who you are referring to. You will be missed and you will long be remembered. RIP Sir.

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