1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322

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1973 CITROËN SM COUPÉ

Sold for DKK 379,500 (US$ 57,760) inc. premium
1973 CITROËN SM COUPÉ

Chassis no. 00SD0338
Engine no. 400322

2,974 cc OHV V-6 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
170 bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Four Wheel Independent Hydraulic Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Exceptional example of Citroën's 1970s Style Icon
*Most sought after specification
*Carefully updated interior
*Desirable late-production 'Série Maserati'
*Beautifully restored inside and out



THE CITROËN SM

Combining Citröen's advanced chassis technology and Maserati's engine know-how, the SM (Série Maserati) featured DS-style hydro-pneumatic suspension, power-assisted all-round load-sensitive disc brakes and fully-powered, self-centering steering that allowed the car to be set up with zero caster, thereby keeping the tires in full contact with the road at all times. Citröen had acquired 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 V-8 to create the required V-6.

After some juggling of engine dimensions, a capacity of 2,670 cc was settled on for a power output of 170 bhp. Citröen was the world leader in passenger car aerodynamics at the time, and the SM's class-leading drag coefficient enabled it to reach 140 mph, 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 2,974 cc 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.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

The styling of the SM was straight out of a 1970s science fiction movie. The long sleek fastback body with loads of glass and unadorned flanks looked like some alien spaceship as it glided along on its self-levelling suspension with skirts over the rear wheels, hydraulically adjustable and swivelling headlamps under curved heated glass, and an asymmetric air intake on the bonnet. The Citroën SM was simply slicker than a greased water melon.

The interior of this rare US-delivery SM features modernistic seats luxuriously upholstered in tobacco leather, done in the style of the late cars, a sloping avantgarde dash in brushed aluminium with oval dials and a modern centre console with a very cool metal gate for the chromed gear shifter. Many interior panels and the dash have been luxuriously covered in suede with impeccable stitching.

The car on offer has the most desirable SM specification with the enlarged to 2,974 cc engine and 5-speed transmission. It has been restored and subsequently sorted by Excelsior Motors, a leading Citroën SM expert in the USA.

The original type of air conditioning compressor unit tended to give issues on the SM, so it has been replaced with a modern Sanden unit. The alternator has been upgraded as well to a reliable GM type. A stainless steel exhaust system has been fitted which ensures that the racy Maserati-derived V-6 now sounds like the sporting engine it is. The sum total is a correct, carefully maintained and mechanically well-sorted SM crying out to be used.

One can just visualise Jane Fonda in her role as a space-age Barbarella in the cult Roger Vadim film, grabbing the single spoke steering wheel of this SM to commute to her flying saucer.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne bil har de mest eftertragtede SM specifikationer – det vil sige den større 3,0 liter motor og 5-trins manuel gearkasse. En sjælden US-model, bilen er blevet restaureret i USA og efterfølgende gennemgået af en af de førende Citroën eksperter derovre. Der har været fokus på de pålidelighedsproblemer som disse biler kan udvikle hvis de ikke er blevet tilstrækkeligt vedligeholdt. De specialiserede hydraulik- og elektroniksystemer er blevet renoverede og fungerer korrekt. Denne SM er blevet udstyret med et nyt udstødningssystem i rustfrit stål, som får den sportslige motor med Maserati gener til at få bilen til at lyde som en ægte gran turismo coupé.

Det modernistiske interiør er blevet ombetrukket i luksuriøs tobaksfarvet læder. En del paneler og overflader i interiøret er blevet betrukket med ruskind med perfekt udførte syninger.
Denne højt vedligeholdte og mekanisk eftertragtede SM venter kun på at blive taget i brug.

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1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
1973 CITROËN  SM COUPÉ  Chassis no. 00SD0338 Engine no. 400322
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