Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 1, 2007
Photos By: Steve Turner

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Editor's Choice Award
Joseph Hooper, Bowling Green, KY
'59 Thunderbird convertible
There's a lot to be said for keeping history intact. Joseph Hooper is one of those numbers-matching guys who has always owned nice, restored examples. His '59 T-bird, which he has owned for over two decades, was in the midst of being bounced to yet another shop when a friend recommended he take it to D&D Specialty Cars in Van Buren, Arkansas. Joseph wanted to restore the 'Bird, but D&D kept hinting at better things, so Joseph finally came around-and boy did he ever.

The '59 sports a complete Air Ride system, a custom interior, Boyd Coddington 18 and 20-inch wheels, a 428 Cobra Jet FE under hood, and more. The car caught not only our eyes, but those of the judges and spectators, too, with the following awards:

  • Director's Choice-Saturday
  • Mustang & Fords Editor's Choice-Saturday
  • Best Thunderbird-Sunday
  • Best Interior-Saturday and Sunday (popular vote)
  • Top 20 Ford-Saturday and Sunday
  • Best of Show-First Place
  • We were lucky to have enough time to do a complete photo shoot on Joseph's T-bird, so look for a full feature on this way-trick '59 drop-top in an upcoming issue.