Sunday, January 15, 2012
One Clean Classic: Patroni's 2002
This past Friday, we got the chance to shoot and feature Matt Patroni's 1972 BMW 2002 in Los Angeles. Manny and I fell in love with the car from the moment we saw it roll up. The reason we fell in love is that its nothing extreme and since its a classic. There's no crazy camber or huge rims, but enough to keep it clean and elegant, the way a classic BMW should be.
Matt picked up the 2002 one and a half years ago from his uncle where it was just rotting away. While he was lucky enough to find a 2002, hes been having to fix something on the weekly. During the shoot, Matt had to start the car up a couple of times since his fuel pump wasn't working properly. Though Matt knows the difficulties of owning a 40+ year old car, it doesn't dissuade him at all. In fact, he loves everything about it and it doesn't hurt that his dad is a mechanic.
When you look at the exterior, there isn't much going on except for an Ireland Engineering front spoiler bolted on, blacked out grilles, and custom widened rear fender flares. He wanted to go for a clean OEM+ look and we're digging it. After going to Nissan meets with his cuzins and seeing slammed cars, he wanted to go low. He didn't think he could go very low until he saw Rob's famous cheetah print 2002.
The front of his car rocks custom coilovers with shortened Bilstein struts and B&G springs and the rear has B&G springs with Bilstein sport shocks. 13x8 all around Rota RBs were then added to compliment the low with 215 50 rubber. To get the stance that he wanted, 10mm spacers were added in the rear to get a final offset of 4 in the front and -6 in the rear. It shows you that you don't need fancy, big wheels to create a great look.
The interior is kept simple as well. It's stock except for a Grant steering wheel w/ quick release and a custom shift knob. He's thinking of adding bucket seats, but we love the interior as it is. Its been holding up quite well for more than 4 decades. As for under the hood, the stock four cylinder M10 engine is in place, but plans for a the inline six M20 engine swap are aboard.
When we asked what was the least favorite part of the car, he responded "the problems and headaches it gives me." We also asked him what his favorite part of the car was and he quickly responded, "The way it drives. Its a small, old car that's fun to drive." This is also Matt's first car and he never plans to sell it. I guess you can't go wrong with a clean classic as your daily driver.
Photos by Manuel Ayala & Words by Edgar Lamas