A common topic of late has been, "How does a practically 'stock' car with an attitude adjustment, via wheels and a lowering job, justify it getting featured in Custom Rodder?" Well, we have to admit that Dean Sears' Impala isn't "custom" by any means, so how do we explain? If you take a look at the little tagline on the cover, "World's Coolest Car Magazine," that should help put the pieces of this puzzle together-if you can't call this '59 drop-top "cool," then we don't know what more to say! Besides, a '59 Chevrolet "anything" in its own right is one of the most "customest" looking cars/wagons/trucks ever to come out of Detroit. Perfectly proportioned fins, beautiful-yet-modest trim, a very swoopy dash, and, at least in the car's sake, the slickest taillights probably ever designed. What more do you want? Besides, to go beyond that is of course admirable, but indeed not totally necessary.
So, what Sears and the folks at Sportrucks by Dean (in California's San Gabriel Valley) did was to take one of GM's better offerings, restored to better-than-100-point condition (including a Tri-Power 348!), replaced the coilsprings with an Air Ride Technologies bag kit, bolted-on a set of Billet Specialties 18- and 20-inch Legacy wheels with BFGoodrich treads, and then hit the highways and byways with the top down-and heads turning!
Granted, not every car has what it takes to make it with such little modification, but when it has the visual impact like Sears' '59, you can bet we're going to give it its 15 minutes of fame.