Today we associate the word GTI to all fun car, of sporting behaviour and compact dimensions. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has always been the gold standard of what we consider to be GTI, but there are also other names as stellar as the Peugeot 205 GTi, or cars like the Renault Clio Williams – the acronyms do not appear in their name, but it is one of the best examples of what a GTI book. What you may not know is where come of these acronyms magical. And coming from the early 60’s, an unknown Maserati 3500 GT.
The Maserati 3500 GT has been one of the most beautiful works created by Maserati. It is one of their classic most valuable today.
During the 50’s, Maserati achieved a great worldwide recognition thanks to its success in competition. Thanks to the A6GCN and the 300S – these last gifted with a brilliant six-cylinder engine in line – the money flowed into the coffers of the Italian manufacturer. Maserati began development of the 3500 GT, a luxury Grand tourer that took advantage of the six-cylinder engine in line, which had already premiered the single seater 350S. The program was carried out by Giulio Alfieri, then chief engineer of the brand.
The Maserati 3500 GT began to be sold in 1957, equipped with a novel structure of tubular chassis and a bright engine of 3.5 litres, six cylinders in line and twin overhead camshafts, capable of developing 220 HP – then a great power. This engine was fed by three Weber carburetors double body, whose tune was simple. In 1960, following its presentation at the Geneva motor show, Maserati released a new version of the 3500 GT. Thus was born the Maserati 3500 GTi, whose letters stood for Gran Turismo Iniezione.
The Maserati 3500 GTi went on sale in 1961, and among other improvements, it already had a gearbox five relationships.
This propellant had a more refined and power delivery more direct. It is all thank to the mechanical injection fuel source Luke. The engine developing 15 HP extra, bringing his total power to the 235 BHP. Very few cars at the time had systems of mechanical injection of fuel. The Mercedes 300 SL was a notable exception, with a six-cylinder three-litre developing 215 BHP of power. However, not everything worked so well in the coupe Italian with last name of GTi.
The fuel injection had a tune-up, delicate, and the system was prone to breakdowns. Some owners even ended up converting to carburetion his Maserati 3500 GTi. All in all, it was the first Italian car production having serial fuel injection – with which Maserati had already experienced in competition. it would Not be until the mid-70’s when Volkswagen launched the Golf GTI, giving a completely new meaning to the acronym. The rest, as they say, is history.