[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB_gJ5qExRM[/youtube] Remember when BMW used to be… well, BMW? By that, I mean there was a time when BMW built simple yet focused machine that helped the brand earn the title of The Ultimate Driving Machine. The folks at Clarion know all about that time, because they recently added a BMW 2002 to their own stable. The car is the first in a series and it serves to launch the Clarion Builds program to the world. It’s one hell of a way to get attention, and the car has received plenty of attention both on the exterior skin and under all the metal. This isn’t some restomodded machine that is a fraction of what it used to be. Instead, Clarion took the approach of upgrading and restoring the car to a level that makes sense. It has nice new suspension bits but there’s no power steering system added in. The engine is still the M10 you’d expect to find under the hood but it’s breathing through a pair of Weber carbs touched off with a beautiful K&N airbox. This is how you’d want to build your own BMW 2002 if you had the time and money. It’s perfect, it’s wonderful, and it is a great reminder of just the sort of car BMW *used* to build.