Almost all of North America is bundled up inside, waiting for the “polar vortex” to subside, the newfound layer of permafrost to dissipate, and the 2014 ice age to end. On the other hand, us Southern Californians are enjoying breezy days with highs in the mid-80s. The sun is shining, the shop doors are wide open at the S|W HQ, and life’s good. For everyone else, however, the long wait is on as the winter season does its best to kill off automotive enthusiasm entirely.
Photography by Kevin Trower
When we first saw Joe Dale’s 1969 W114 Benz more than a year ago, it was, by all definitions, unique. It sat atop a set of MAEs and featured a hand-built brushed, cleared, and louvered hood. The paint was a dull brick color and had a classic patina that had worn through in many areas. The parts played off each other rather well, and for the casual enthusiast, the style could be considered complete.