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RIP Joe Bailon

The burial for Joe Bailon was June 15  2018 at the Newcastle Ca. Cemetery, nearby where he was born.

Joe Bailon (March 18 1923 - September 25 2017 ) was an American 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 and a final clear-coat. Bailon 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 Oldsmobile Toronado-powered Pink Panther car of the eponymous film. He was an inductee of the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame.

Joe, who grew up in Newcastle California as the youngest of ten children, worked in the Richmond Ship yards prior to fighting in World War II, and thereafter turned to customizing cars. He lived in Auburn California until his death, September 25 2017, at the age of 94.