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MAY-1961 Courtesy of George W. Young

1961 - Gil Acosta and his 1953 Mercury on the cover of Custom Craft magazine in May 1961

Miami, Florida

This car had a lot of custom work on it but wasn't overdone. It appeared on the cover of Custom Craft car magazine as depicted. Gil now lives up the coast in Sebastian, Florida.

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George Young 30-Oct-2017 22:36
I met Gil at the Pizza Palace on SW 8th.St around 1959 or '60. He was driving his beautiful '55 T-Bird. We also were in the Road Rebels car club together. Gil and I have kept in touch over the years and I have been to his house in Sebastian. We have even played a round of golf or two. He was playing golf, I have no idea what I was playing. I got to meet his brother Eddie last January in Sebring. A lot of great memories.
Al Zangenberg 24-Nov-2010 11:50
Remember when "Car Craft" "Honk", "Rod & Custom" - & a host of others were all these neat little books? They fit inside a school book perfectly in class, so as to try to fool the teacher into thinking you were reading the assignment...
Al Zangenberg 24-Nov-2010 11:47
1953 was Mercury's 15th Anniversary, (1939 being Merc's 1st year of production). This one is sportin' a 1954 Chevrolet grille, & Lakes Pipes! Looks like the chrome surround on the hood was removed, to make the "scoop" functional. 1953 was the end of the V-8 Flathead. for FoMoCo, as they went to overhead valve cylinder heads, on all their 1954 models
Guest 26-Dec-2009 11:38
I met Gilbert & his brother, Eddie, in 1956 when we all worked at the Pizza Palace on S.W. 8th St. delivering pizzas on Vespa motor scooters. Now that was a fun job for a 16 year old.
Boby Zlatkin
Lou 21-Jan-2008 02:46
Gilbert and his brother and two sisters used to live a few houses up from us in Bogota, Colombia. The family moved to Miami a few years after we did. I knew that he retired a while back but have lost touch with him. Anyone have his e-mail or phone number?/
Guest 13-Jun-2007 16:13
I've known Gilbert since 1956 but don't remember this car.
Must have been when I was in the Navy, 1959 - 1961