|Year||1972||Engine capacity||2678 cc|
|Exterior colour||Bleu Platine Metallizé||Engine configuration||V6 with three double Weber carburators|
|Interior colour||Black||Engine number||Matching|
|Upholstery||Leather||Rims||15-inch steel with hubcaps|
|0 - 100 km/u||8.7 sec||Wheels||Michelin XWX|
|Top speed||217 km/u||Production numbers||12900|
|VIN number||00SB1897||Other||Modified technology|
In 1961 Citroën decided that it wanted to make a run at seizing the crown held by the big, established European car brands by launching a revolutionary top model, as part of what it called ‘Project-S’. This project with the Sci-Fi sounding name did ultimately produce a car that looked like it came from outer space. The design was from the hand of Citroën's designer, Robert Opron, and if this car were launched today it would still be a sensation. The Citroën dealers at the time had great difficulty steering the tremendous public interest in the proper direction. Because Citroën did not have access to a sufficiently powerful engine of its own, in 1963 the company reached out to Maserati in Modena, Italy, where gradually the project began to follow the Italian style of bookkeeping, ultimately requiring the French infusion. Maserati was incorporated in 1968, with the aim of using the V6 engine in the premier SM. Although never officially confirmed, the SM likely stands for ‘Sport Maserati’. That naming missed the mark, however: a BMW 3.0CS or Jaguar E-type was still faster, owing to SM’s 'limited' engine power and relatively high weight. The car was however tremendously well-received and appreciated, owing to its design and Citroën’s traditional technological characteristics, such as the hydro-pneumatic suspension, the speed-sensitive DIRAVI assisted steering system with automatic recoil and high degree of directional stability, and the characteristically rotating headlights. Moreover, the SM had plenty of world-famous admirers, such as, to name a few, Leonid Brezhnev, Jay Leno, Johan Cruyff, Idi Amin and Burt Reynolds. All were big fans, just like you will be. Aficionados know however that the SM does a few technological weaker points, but these having been addresssed, this Citroën offers remarkable driving pleasure. This car was always serviced by a Citroën dealership that had made the SM its speciality. A long list of itemised invoice entries reveal that the engine was revised, the distribution renewed via a modified version, and the entire spring system revised. Consequently, this beautiful SM drives wonderfully smooth. See the photos of the stunning engine compartment. Delivered with all service invoices.
As standard a Citroen SM came with air conditioning, electric windows and power steering. This model also has a beautiful black leather interior.
A stunning Bleu Platine Metallizé body that naturally has never known rust. And very nice symmetrical lines, which isn’t always the case for an SM. The stainless steel/chrome is tight, not weathered, with beautiful deep shine. The reflector plate and rear light units are flawless – no cracks. Moreover, the headlights are in excellent condition. Very high paint quality, no chips or cracks. A very fine Citroën SM
The virtually all original leather on the seats and door panels deserves special praise, and also shows that this car was respectfully driven and maintained. The finely aged black leather is pristine. Original floor carpeting in very good condition. The dashboard is flawless, including the plastic facing of the fuel indicator. Of extra special note: this car features the original Voxson radio, which was specially designed for the SM.
Visually, it is obvious that this car has undergone comprehensive mechanical revision. The engine was completely removed and rebuilt by a specialist, after which the engine compartment was thoroughly cleaned, and signs of these activities remain. The hydraulic spring system was also comprehensively overhauled. The entire engine compartment is rust-free. The trunk features the tight, original upholstery, and contains the spare tire and car tools. The steel wheels are replete with the characteristic SM hubcaps and have proper Michelin XWX tires all around.
The prerequisite for driving a reliable Citroën SM with confidence is a correct approach to the technology. This car, which was already in fine condition, underwent comprehensive technological revision in 2003. This SM was never welded, is rust-free and features the original interior. The long list of mechanical work and maintenance also shows that she had performed well up that point. A smooth and effortless drive, behind beautifully wide front wheels. The car does the work, which is the definition of comfort in this case.