1972 Citröen SM Coupé
Chassis no. OOSB4381
Combining Citröen's advanced chassis technology and Maserati's engine know-how, the SM (Série Maserati) featured DS-style hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension, power-assisted all-round disc brakes, self-centring steering and steered headlamps. Maserati was responsible for the 90-degree V6 engine, and after some juggling of bore/stroke dimensions, a capacity of 2,670cc was settled on for a power output of 170bhp. Citröen was the world leader in passenger car aerodynamics at the time, the SM's class-leading drag coefficient enabling it to reach 220 km/h, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever at that time.
Fuel injection arrived in 1972, an automatic transmission option became available the following year and the engine was enlarged to 2,974cc before the model was prematurely axed in 1975 following Citröen's acquisition by Peugeot.
Fondly remembered, these technically advanced and functionally beautiful cars remain highly sought after today.
This example has the desirable five-speed manual gearbox. Partly restored to original specification in 2010, which included a repaint in its original colour, it was purchased by the current vendor in September 2010 at which time a total of 75,000 kilometres was displayed on the odometer. The car featured new carpets, overhauled air conditioning, tinted glass windows, new tinted front screen and excellent hydraulics resulting in perfect handling and roadholding.
Finished in very attractive period pale green metallic with original, restored black leather interior, this fine Franco-Italian Gran Turismo is offered with restoration invoices and valid Belgian registration papers.