Sometimes in life it can take something pretty significant for you to get up, brush yourself down, and get on with things. When Matt Cole broke up with his missus and lost his job in quick succession he was ready to give up on everything and throw in the towel on his Civic project.
Matt began to strip the car of the bits he’d worked so hard to buy and decided to put the car up for sale. Luckily for us his best mate Dave was there to slap some sense into him and make him realise that life’s not all about women and jobs. After watching Matt cry into a few pints Dave picked up the pieces and helped get him lower than ever before!
The car previously sat on a set of Rota Zeros but in his delirious state Matt removed them and sold them on. When a set of VW G60 banded steelies came up for sale through a friend he dipped into his redundancy money and did the deal. The standard Volkswagen wheels have been treated to some girth and now boast 8 inches all round. A set of Nankang 185/45×15 front and 195/45×15 rears have been pulled over them to give that all important stretch.
Dave and Matt seem to have this ongoing challenge as to who’s running the lowest car and it’s fair to say that Matt’s motor is filthy low! Using a set of D2 coilovers and dialling in a proper good dollop of camber means that the stretched tyres now just about clear the arches.
Going this low without air isn’t all plain sailing though and Matt has been through no less than two petrol tanks, three sumps and a couple of anti-roll bar links, but hot diggidy, it looks good!
Nothing says “fuck you, world” quite like a black on black motor so the standard Starlight Metallic black Honda paint has been left as nature intended and looks proper darkside when combined with the new rims. A VTI-S front and rear lip and mid spoiler give the car some extra muscle while a set of JDM yellow fogs break up the front end of the car.
You would usually expect to see a stripped interior on a build like this but our Matt loves his home comforts. The standard seats have been replaced with a set of Cobra Daytonas and the rear bench stays in place. Red EK9 carpet works its way round the floor of the car and adds a much welcomed splash of colour to the interior.
When it came to sorting out an exhaust for the Civic, Matt only really had one choice. A custom made straight through system runs the length of the car and just about clears the tarmac as it goes. A long arm air intake and EK9 inlet manifold help give the car a few extra ponies and that all-important VTEC roar!
The scene is awash with some proper smart Civics at the moment and by combining JDM styling with some balls-out lowering, Matt has hit a home run. If indeed stance was a crime then Matt Cole’s little Honda would be guilty of double murder and looking at a lifelong stretch in the slammer!