Stance Works Bagged Mercedes Benz W108

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Mercedes-Benz W108


Preserving Elegance: Ed Alderson’s Mercedes Benz 280SE

23, 2012-

Preserving Elegance: Ed Bagged Mercedes Benz

Andrew Ritter

The design of the Benz W108  line is one has aged like a fine As years go by, some car designs to look dated and they the charm they once Styling cues that the trends of the decade and spoke to the market are replaced by the next hot and become less relevant. Amidst the trends are designs that and reach an iconic level and age a certain elegance. These icons still speak to and grab the eyes of pedestrians as pass by. More than later, the Mercedes Benz body styles still class and beauty. Their still evoke thoughts of clubs and country clubs the shiny brightwork is still fit for out on the town and black tie affairs.

Ocean mist rose as the sun set on the and down the road, a 1968 Benz 280SE cruised over the smooth pavement. It fitting that we met with Ed for a photoshoot under the shade of lining one of San Diego’s fine courses.  Ed’s Benz had garnered our attention on the StanceWorks and it left us gawking when we saw it in person at a local show. It has a that suggests a strong for its history and a respect for the original success of its Mike and I instantly knew we had to shoot it.

As camera shutters clicked we spoke with Ed about his and joy.  At age 14, he began noticing a Mercedes would drive by and he was by the brand aesthetic and philosophy. As he older, he found himself the wheel of a Mercedes Benz, but he had to put it up for when he decided to leave his in Melbourne, Australia, after 25 His job and dreams of living in America led him to up his things and move to California. Ed was by the flourishing California car scene and was surprised when he discovered all of the treasures that awaited

Mercedes-Benz W108

Tasked with finding a driver to get him around his new home Ed knew that he had to get behind the of a Mercedes again. The search with his sights on an E55 AMG but they quickly diverted when a 280SE appeared on Craigslist. The model had left a permanent on him years ago as it drove by, and he knew one day it would take up a spot in his Eager to grasp the opportunity and not let it him by, Ed drove up to investigate the condition of the find. He was greeted by the owner, the of the original owner, and a Mercedes sat in great shape. The car was originally from the Mercedes Benz in Hollywood and it was still adorned the black and yellow license and original dealer frame. A later, Ed was driving his new love to begin its duty as his daily

It takes a certain amount of to hop into a 44 year old car and rely on it as only means of transportation, but been 15,000 miles and still hasn’t let him down on wood trim*).  When with classics, maintenance paramount, as they require a more love and nurturing to their contemporary counterparts. aged trim and bushings, the brakes, repairing tired windows, and addressing the old fuel have all kept this car out on the streets, offering the same amenities that it had cruising the streets of Hollywood in the

As a designer, Ed has a deep appreciation for the lines and styling cues of the He has been careful to preserve the aesthetic; only making changes where necessary. One he knew he had to do was address the stance. The succeeded the W111 and with the came a lower body and a ride height that sat lower than its  predecessor. The sought to give the W108 a physique and Ed ran with their He visited SoCal Suspension to his airride and hunker the body closer to the ground. With help from Dan Davis at Star Automotive, he was able to get the car a bit and sitting just right. The height accents nicely the otherwise subtle demeanor of the It garners attention without away from the power the original design of the car. Ed has a great job improving on an already automobile and it’s a good in simplicity.

The W108 has lines and beauty have traveled through the with a finesse that select cars can. Ed has his part in keeping another example of automotive history on roads. With a subtle twist, he has maintained the elegance of an model in the Mercedes pedigree. At we enjoy seeing owners put and care into preserving historical cars and allowing to continue their lives out on the where they belong. 1968 Mercedes Benz lives on, projecting the same and grace that it did 44 years and we’re sure it will for more years to come.

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