Joe Bailon's 1941 Chevrolet
1941 Chevrolet owned and restyled by Joe Bailon of Hayward, California. The car was Joe's first full blown custom, but he had created and worked on many other cars prior to the Chevy. Joe found the car in a junkyard. It had been hit by a train, then burned. It was almost cut in half, and Joe bought it for $50.00. When he bought the car he figured he could assemble it for far less than similar cars were then going for on the used car lots. Joe used the car while he built it, and he won his first show while the car was still in grey primer. When Joe built the Miss Elegance, he was inspired by Preston Tucker's Tucker 48 when he placed the rear fender grilles below the rear windows.
Joe completed his car in time for the third annual National Roadster Show, held in 1952, and the car was accepted for display. At the show, Joe won the National award for his Chevrolet that was then known as "The Dashboard". Joe had spent over six months on the dashboard alone, so that explains the name. When the car was featured in Popular Science August 1953 it had 15 dials and 32 pushbuttons.
Joe always regretted that he sold Miss Elegance, so in the early 1980s he started to build a second Miss Elegance. In 2012, the build was three quarters done. Unfortunately, Joe passed away before he was able to complete the build, and in December of 2018 Kevan Sledge of Sledge Customs became the new caretaker of the historic build.
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