1972 Citroen SM 2.7 V6 Coupe Registration no. RBY 483K Chassis no. 00SB6966 Engine no. 106593
Combining Citroen's advanced chassis technology and Maserati's engine know-how, the SM (Serie Maserati) featured DS-style hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension, power-assisted disc brakes all-round, self centering rack and pinion steering with only two turns lock to lock, and most ingenuous steered headlamps. Citroen had purchased Maserati in 1968, principally to acquire the latter's engine technology for its new top of the range Gran Turismo coupe, and the Italian firm responded to the brief with remarkable speed by the simple expedient of chopping off its Indy double overhead cam, 90-degree V8 to create the required V6, the resultant capacity being 2760cc. Fitted with triple Webers, power output was quoted as 170bhp and 0-60mph took 8.3sec. With Citroen being the world leader in passenger car aerodynamics, the SM's class-leading drag coefficient enabled it to reach 142mph, making it the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever at the time. Sadly for enthusiasts of the ground breaking model however, the SM was prematurely axed in 1975 following Citroen's acquisition by Peugeot. Fondly remembered, these technically advanced and functionally beautiful cars remain highly sought after today. Offered here is a 1972 left-hand drive example in metallic green with brown leather and 5-speed manual transmission which featured in a classic drive-feature in the January 1996 issue of Classic and Sports Car. Currently untaxed and without MOT, and a potentially rewarding candidate for full restoration, the coupe bodywork should respond to some cosmetic refreshment. Although having not been on the road since 2008, some mechanical re-commissioning will be required.