Joe Bailon

Custom car based on a 1951 Ford Victoria Hardtop, created by Joe Bailon in 1956

Joe Bailon (born March 18, 1923) is a car customizer credited with creating the paint color Candy Apple Red which eventually led to a full spectrum of candy paint colors, each with a metallic base-coat, a transparent color coat and a final clear coat.[1]

Bailon has customized such cars as Zsa Zsa Gabor's Rolls-Royce, Danny Thomas' Continental, Dean Martin's Cadillac station wagon and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s, Chevrolet Vega wagon. Joe built the Olds Toronado-powered Pink Panther car of the eponymous films.[1] He is a member of National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame.

The San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show annually gives the Joe Bailon Elegance Award for the visual appearance of the paint, interior, engine, design and suspension. The trophy, unique for the award, features a Candy Apple Red apple, painted by Bailon.

Bailon, who grew up in Newcastle, California, as the youngest of ten children, later worked in the Richmond Shipyards prior to fighting in World War II and later customizing cars.[1] He lives in Auburn, California.


  1. 1 2 3 ""The Candy Man" Joe Bailon A True Pioneer Of Customizing". Street Rodder Magazine, March 2006, Jason Walker.

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