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Mike Salta, longtime Hawaii auto dealer dies

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 03:08 p.m. HST, Jul 08, 2014

Mike Salta, a longtime Hawaii car dealer and the owner of numerous island dealerships, died on Tuesday at his home in California. He was 91.

Born Michele "Mike" Fiore Saltalamacchia in Portland, Ore., in 1923, Salta served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and in the early 1950s, then opened his first used car dealerships.

In the subsequent years he became among the nation's first mega-car-dealers west of the Mississippi and later, one of the largest in the country, according to a statement from his family.

Franchises bearing his name in Hawaii sold vehicles from Pontiac, Lincoln, Mercury, Isuzu and Daihatsu.

The last of his franchised dealerships -- spread across California, Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii -- were sold in 2004.

A memorial service will be held on July 16 in Palm Desert, Calif. Family members ask that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., or the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Condolences. Any relation to the major league baseball player Jerrod Saltalamacchia, who played for the Boston Red Sox together with Shane Victorino year before last and won The World Series?
on July 8,2014 | 01:52PM
erikaengle wrote:
It is possible, but I can't be sure. The list of surviving children, grandchildren, etc., doesn't mention the grandchildren's names. - Erika Engle
on July 8,2014 | 02:20PM
cojef wrote:
Nice of you to respond! You are one swell lady.
on July 8,2014 | 02:47PM
makaha72 wrote:
Prayers for his ohana at this sad time. I remember his ads on tv and the catchy tune that was played.
on July 8,2014 | 03:09PM
GinoP wrote:
IRT Mr Saltalamachia"s Passing, May God Bless! My father( Who wanted to buy from Mike because he was a paisano, (fellow Italian) who passed away in 2012 bought his 1980 Fiat Spyder at the Salta Dealership and he received good service for the life of the car! Maybe Mr. Saltalamacchia will see my Father in heaven and sit down to a glass of wine!
on July 8,2014 | 04:10PM
mineeyes wrote:
He had lots of Granny Goose TV commercials.
on July 8,2014 | 04:19PM
gmejk wrote:
Mike Salta Pontiac!!!!! Still remember his commercials to this day.
on July 8,2014 | 08:00PM
ikaika222 wrote:
I have great memories of Mike Salt, going to the Garden Bar @ the Hilton Hawaiian Village, I think in 1969-1970, and giving Liz Damon's Orient Express a huge rose flower arrangement, wishing them success on their first album w/the song 1900 yesterday, and of course he would go to see their show too! I remember Liz Damon drove a new Pontiac Grand Prix too!
on July 9,2014 | 01:01AM
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