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Are Canadian 328's in fact US cars?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by KurtK328, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. KurtK328

    KurtK328 Formula Junior

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    Kurt Kjelgaard
  2. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    Yes they are with 2 exceptions:

    1. Different seat belts (in some cases) than US spec cars

    2. Speedometer is in KPH rather than MPH
     
  3. RussF

    RussF Karting

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    I believe that they also have daytime running lights.
     
  4. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    Daytime running lights began with the 1990 model year and therefore with the 348's
     
  5. RussF

    RussF Karting

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    I came close to buying an "89 328 from Brian Jessel in Vancouver and was told that it had daytime running lights because of Canadian requirements. I never saw the car so I cannot verify that statement.
     
  6. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    I have looked at two or three Canadian 328's, and while not conclusive, the only difference I noticed off hand was the speedo in kph with mph in lower scale. That was all. No drls that I have ever seen on a 328 driving in Vancouver....
     
  7. Peter

    Peter F1 Veteran
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    In addition to the speedo in Km/H, like Mondial 3.2's and newer, Canadian 328's had little boxes tucked up into the corners of the front grille to hide higher-rated bumper shocks (at that time, U.S. cars were tested at 2.5mph for bump resistance and Canadian cars were at the equivalent to 5mph). I suspect that all Mondials needed the higher-rated bumpers regardless of market because it was a heavier car.

    You can find this info in Cavallino Magazine, issue #55, Feb/Mar 1990 "Lettere" section...
     
  8. KurtK328

    KurtK328 Formula Junior

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    Thanks to all.

    Kurt
     

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