Citroën SM Injection 1973
2.7 litre V6 by Maserati
5-speed manual transmission
black leather interior
first sold in France
price 54000 Eur
The Citroën SM is a high-performance coupé produced from 1970 to 1975, designed from scratch by Maserati chief engineering Giulio Alfieri. The SM placed third in the 1971 European Car of the Year contest, trailing its stablemate Citroën GS, and won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year award in the U.S.
In 1961, Citroën began to work on ‘Project S’ – a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. In January 1968, Citroën purchased a controlling interest in the Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati and set them to work designing a V6 engine for the SM.
The origin of the model name ‘SM’ is not completely clear. The ‘S’ may derive from the Project ‘S’ designation, the aim of which was to produce what is essentially a sports variant of the Citroën DS, and the ‘M’ perhaps refers to Maserati, hence SM is often assumed to stand for “Systeme Maserati” or “Sports Maserati”. Another common alternative is Série Maserati.
Most of the rest of the car’s engineering was familiar, to Citroën engineers, if not to the rest of the world. Suspension was largely the same as the DS, refined to eliminate a few of the Déesse’s foibles and to suit the SM’s more sporting intent. Brakes, too, were similar to the DS, although the SM got discs at all four wheels, reflecting its greater speed potential. Front-wheel drive was likewise carried over, as was the high-pressure central hydraulic system, which no other automaker other than Mercedes had dared to imitate. As before, the hydraulics powered suspension, brakes, and steering. The latter, dubbed VariPower, was now provided with a much faster ratio, a self-centering action (if you cranked the wheel around with the engine running, it would return to the center by itself), and a novel speed-variable system that reduced steering assist at higher speeds.
Cornering lights turn with the steering wheel.
The SM was quite an expensive car, such prices put the SM in the realm of the BMW 3.0 CS, Mercedes 350SLC, Porsche 911, and even Ferrari’s V6 Dino 246.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
Fuel injected, European specification with manual transmission is the most desirable version of the SM.
This example was delivered new in Paris in 1973 where it has spent most of it’s life.
A few years ago an important Dutch collector wanted to have this icon in his collection – this car and colour was specifically searched for by an autoscout and when the car arrived it was in a very nice condition but wasn’t quite up to the standard of the collector. Therefore the SM was stripped down and completely resprayed for approximately € 15.000.
As might be expected, the condition of the paint is excellent, as is the overall condition of the exterior. Also the aluminium parts, decals and badges are all in very nice condition and without any damages or scratches.
The very expensive glass light covers at the front are also in superb condition.
The interior seems to be completely original with the desirable leather seats. The leather does show some fantastic patina but the leather does not show any damages, scratches or broken parts which is of course very unique after all these years.
The beautiful copper colored dashboard is in a wonderful condition and all instruments (Jaeger) are properly functioning.
The carpets seem to be also completely original and again in wonderful shape.
It would be hard to find an original SM interior in such a beautiful condition
There’s nothing ordinary about the way the SM drives. You start the engine and first feel the rear of the car rising, then the front. (Next to the driver’s seat there’s a lever to adjust the ride height.) The 90-degree V-6 is a little lumpy at idle, but get the revs up and the Maserati engine growls toward its redline. It also pulls strongly. Citroën put the SM’s 0-to-60-mph time at 8.2 seconds.
The five-speed gearbox is a joy. The big, chrome gearshift needs just a nudge in the right direction and it clicks right into gear. The steering is relaxed but very quick once you begin to turn.
The Citroën’s most charming characteristic is its incredible ride quality, as the car glides over road imperfections. Yet you can throw it into a corner and the body leans up to a point, then just hangs on.
The SM may look like an otherworldly device but, really, it’s a high-performance grand touring coupe, a car that was designed to whisk rich Parisians to the Côte d’Azur with speed, comfort, and style. There weren’t many other cars that could do what this car could. And there are absolutely none that did it the way Citroën did.
Altogether the SM is an absolute icon and a very usable car on a regular base. A must have in every serious classic car collection. 2019 marks 100 years of Citroën and 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of the SM.
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