The Downs Industries(?) guys who created the two-tone T-Bird got robbed. That car was badass.
Honest Charley's built a car with a METAL INTERIOR??? Maybe it comes off much better up close, but on TV it looked like crap. And I certainly wouldn't want to sit in a metal backed seat for more than a couple of miles.
I also noticed that there were NO close up shots of the closed hood and "shaker air cleaner," maybe it looked like crap too?
I think the "judge" just threw all objectivity out and chose the car with the biggest engine.