Legendary Upholsterer Eddie Martinez passed away on December 24, 2020.
Eddie Martinez was a super talented upholsterer who was perhaps best known for his super tight one each pleats interiors. Many of the famous Custom Cars and Hot Rods from the 1950’s and 1960’s were upholstered by Eddie.
Never met him in person, but did have a a fun phone conversation with him years ago. A few years back Rik was working with me on photoshopping my Merc and “refining” details on the Hirohata Merc. During that process I recalled that Herb had been the one who redid and refreshed the interior on the real Hirohata, so I got to thinking maybe, just maybe the pieces of the original interior that got removed and used for templates might be hanging about Herbs shop. How cool would it be if they were there and could be had, re-sewn and installed in my Merc….A refined Hirohata with the actual original interior in it. So, found Herb’s number, rang it up and lo and behold, Herb answered. Sadly, the interior pieces were long gone, but we had a great conversation, talked about 30 minutes and he ended the call saying bring that Merc over here and lets put a brand new Hirohata interior in it. Sure would have loved to do that, but the car is a long way away from being ready for a fresh interior. LOL