1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334

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Lot 173
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé
Chassis no. SB 5334

Sold for € 17,250 (US$ 19,451) inc. premium
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé
Chassis no. SB 5334
Sortie d’usine le 8 octobre 1971, cet exemplaire équipé de la très appréciable boîte de vitesses à cinq rapports a bénéficié d’une récente restauration par les spécialistes de la SM, SM2A de Mussy sur Seine. Cette entreprise a totalement refait la mécanique en 2002 pour un coût de plus de 11 300 euros (factures disponibles) avec reconstruction du moteur et de la boîte, vérification de la direction et montage d’un radiateur neuf , entre autres travaux.
En 2005, la voiture est revenue chez SM2A pour recevoir une peinture rouge Delage et, à cette occasion, d’autres travaux ont été effectués dont la réfection du système d’air conditionné (avec changement du gaz réfrigérant), le remplacement de l’alternateur et des moteurs des lève-glaces et l’installation d’un système spécial d’allumage électronique SM2A (selon la facture détaillée s’élevant à 9 780 euros). Plus récemment, en décembre 2008, les quatre sphères de suspension furent changées et le tapis de coffre refait, toujours par SM2A. Offerte avec sa carte grise française, cette voiture a conservé son intérieur d’origine en cuir noir et ses tapis en bon état.


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. Citröen had bought Maserati in 1968, principally to acquire the latter’s engine technology for its new top-of-the-range Gran Turismo coupé, and the Italian firm responded to the brief with remarkable speed by the simple expedient of chopping two cylinders off its Indy four-cam 90-degree V8 to create the required V6. After some juggling of engine 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 140mph, 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, today these technically advanced and functionally beautiful cars remain highly sought after.

Manufactured on 8th October 1971, this example features the desirable five-speed manual transmission and benefits from recent total restoration by recognised SM marque specialists, SM2A of Mussy sur Seine. SM2A completely overhauled the mechanicals in 2002 at a cost of more than €11,300 (see detailed invoice available), the engine and transmission being rebuilt, the steering checked and a new radiator installed among numerous other works.
In 2005 the car went back to SM2A to be repainted in Delage Red, while other works carried out at that time included overhauling and re-gassing the air conditioning system, replacing the alternator and window lift motors, and fitting SM2A’s special electronic ignition kit (see detailed invoice for €9,780). More recently, in December 2008, all four suspension spheres were replaced and the boot carpet renewed, again by SM2A. Offered with French Carte Grise, this car retains its original black leather interior and carpets in good condition, and is offered freshly refurbished by one of France’s most respected SM specialists.
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
1971 CITROEN SM Coupé  Chassis no. SB 5334
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