Gilbert "Gil" Ayala was legendary custom car builder and painter. Gil was the younger brother of Al Ayala. Al was two years older, and the pair is known as the Ayala Brothers. According to his second wife Lucille, Gil began racing for Evans at age sixteen or eighteen. In 1945, at age 20, Gil opened up a custom body shop named Gil's Auto Body Works at 4074 E. Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles. As Gil got married, established a family and a business, he cut off the racing. It was Gil's shop, and Al worked for Gil. Gil's true passion was mixing and painting custom colors. While Gil was the painter and front man, Al was the master fabricator.
Both Gil and his brother Al were members of the East Los Angeles Auto Butchers Car Club. In Rodders Journal Number 39, it is also stated that Gil was a member of the Vultures Car Club of City Terrace and ran with them at Rusetta meets. Gil was briefly married to his first wife, when they were both quite young. They had a daughter named Susan. Later on, in the early 1950s, Gil met his second wife Lucille at the dry lakes. She had a boyfriend at the time. After knowing each other for a couple of years, Gil and Lucille got married in September 1953. Lucille became the manager/bookkeeper of the shop, and worked there most of the time after that. Gil and Lucille had two daughters named Lisa and Lynn.
Gil Ayala's Personal Rides
Cars Restyled by Gil Ayala
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