Words: Aron Norris | Photos: Luke Staton | Owner: Adam Lamont
Perfection is a Moving Target.
The Mercedes E270 W211 you’re about to take a look at is a valuable lesson in understated class. This car is the very definition of persistence in search of perfect fitment. Don’t be fooled by how simple this thing looks, this is no “hit and hope” setup, not by a long shot. This car is littered with some custom trickery and took months of development.
This shape Mercedes is probably not the most obvious choice of modified project, but for us, that’s why Adam Lamont's W211 works so damn well. Adam’s reason for buying this E270 in the first place was purely from a practical point of view. He needed a bigger, more comfy daily commuter, of course, what started out as a comfortable daily started to spawn thoughts of an E270 with a lot more road presence and it was down(hill) from there.
It has always been a pet peeve of mine that cars on “air and wheels” always seem to be written-off as basic builds. Ok, so don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of folk who simply buy off-the-shelf wheels and suspension, bolt everything up, hope for the best with their “Bambi on ice” fitment, post photos on Instagram and expect the car scene to trip over its own boner as a result. What we have here is the real deal. You can’t just buy this setup over the phone on 0% finance. This fitment has been engineered.
From Vision to Reality.
Adam originally put is Mercedes on BC Racing coilovers, but had ambitions for bigger and better things and just couldn't achieve what he wanted with a static drop. Adam’s fitment had to be his own version of perfect and nothing less would do. His mission put him in touch with ArezAir, who took on the challenge of building a fully custom setup from top to bottom. If you can't buy it off the shelf, you build it, right?
How hard can it be I hear you ask? Well, let’s just they say, patience is a virtue. After six long months of CAD design work, trial and error CNC work, thrown tools and swear words, Adam’s fully custom W211 ArezAir kit was finally born. This custom setup is run via V2 management, a 380cc Viair compressor and is hooked up to a five gallon tank.
It seems criminal that six months hard graft can be summed up in just a couple of sentences, sorry Adam, sorry ArezAir.
In the wheel department, Adam couldn’t rely on anything but a fully custom setup to help him achieve his ideal fitment.
Adam’s three-piece AMG wheels would make any owners club member proud, but again, things are not all as they seem, this is just clever work to fool those who aren’t paying attention, what we have here is a wheel and suspension setup turned up to 11, quite literally.
Polished to within an inch of their lives and teamed with gold hardware, Adam’s 17” AMG setup looks absolutely spot on. On paper, 17s shouldn't work on a W211, but with this setup, you have to wonder how it could be improved.
Up front, the 9.5s look almost tame compared to the rears, which are 11” wide. If you ask us, we think Adam has absolutely nailed aggressive staggered fitment, this is millimetre perfect stuff. Lip meet arch, 744 Brilliant Silver bodywork meet stainless dish, you get the idea. This is strong work.
Personally, I love how understated this car is. This W211 body shape doesn’t need silly spoilers or brightly coloured wheels, it just sits there, oozing class.
Inside, C63 AMG red leather front seats replace the original Avantgarde efforts, with centre armrest and rear bench re-trimmed in Mercedes leather to match things up nicely.
It is difficult to stand out these days, but with the right vision and a LOT of persistence, anything is possible. Adam’s E270 might not be much to some, but to us, this car represents a level of attention to detail we can’t get enough of.
For anyone reading this, if you’re running positive camber, do yourself a favour, take a leaf out of Adam’s book, get your fitment on point. Try a little harder, challenge yourself and don’t give up until you’re setting new standards, it’s what this “scene” of ours needs more of.
Fresh from a “best air-ride” trophy win at ILoveBass’ Districts event in Belfast [click here for coverage], Adam is really starting to get the credit he deserves for this car. Adam would like to thank everyone who has helped him along the way, with special thanks to Ryan Connolly at Forever Elite. So what's next? Well, Adam's future plans include a colour change and more leather on the inside. We will most definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for updates.