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288GTO with 355 engine

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by funkyboogalooo, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. funkyboogalooo

    Dec 30, 2003
    5
    Guys i'm new to this board and was told about it today by a friend of mine. I have been a regular on pistonheads for a few years also. I was in Powerstation in Cheltenham a few months ago getting an exhaust fitted on my car. There was a USA plated (orange county I think) 288 there. I was talking to the owner who was getting it tuned on the rollin road and he told me it had been fitted with a 355 engine? Anyone know of this car?
    Mike
     
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  3. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Jerry
    I don't know the car, but why would the owner want to do that? The whole beauty of the car is the engine!
     
  4. funkyboogalooo

    Dec 30, 2003
    5
    but people do these wacky things.
     
  5. 456mgt

    456mgt Formula Junior

    Mar 24, 2002
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    Cambridge UK
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    Kevin
    Hey Funky- you OK? Still remember your Maserati- great car, wrong time to make an addition to my stable. Bit of a pisser that.

    Never heard of this engine swap before but wanted to say hello.

    Kevin
     
  6. funkyboogalooo

    Dec 30, 2003
    5
    Had a long ole conversation about you and your 360 today with a fellow PH'r We were discussing the Trout meet where you and I met up and went for a hoon.
    God I miss that Maser, have even seriously been thinking about sending a letter to the current owner and A) finding out if he still owns it and B) if he would consider selling it back to me.
    I thinking i'm going round the twist.
     
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  8. Robertb

    Robertb Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
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    Robert
    Welcome to FChat.

    I've not heard of this particular car, but I have seen a 308 with 288GT0 style bodykit. Looked good I suppose if you want the 288 look and don't have the £150k + needed to buy a real one.

    Fitting a 355 engine to a real 288 would be like, well, painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. And an odd move considering the 355 engine produces less power than the turbo unit in the 288.

    That said, a 308/328 with a 355 engine, and 288 styling; whilst totally unoriginal is very appealing...
     
  9. Badapple

    Badapple Formula Junior

    Nov 20, 2003
    870
    West London
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    Phil
    Hi Mike,

    YHM

    Phil
     

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