In 1961, Citroën began work on 'Project S', a sports variant of
the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many
running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and
upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the
intention of harnessing Maserati's high-performance V6 engine
technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car combining the
sophisticated Citroën suspension. The result was the Citroën SM;
first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970 and which went
on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars
were all lefthand drive, although righthand conversions were
supplied to the UK and Australia. The origin of the model name 'SM'
is not completely clear. The 'S' may derive from the Project 'S'
designation 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' but others have
suggested it is short for 'Sa Majesté' (Her Majesty in French)
which aligns with the common DS model's nickname 'La Déesse' (The
With only three previous owners, this 1971 SM was delivered new
to France and imported to the UK earlier this year. The vendor
informs us that this example has a rust free chassis, a superb body
and good paint work. The more desirable carburettor engine has been
rebuilt along with the gearbox and has just been serviced by
specialists, Brodies. The interior is trimmed in leather and boasts
a rare Edison Continental radio.
Supplied with a large history file from 1979 through to 2016
including handbook, tools and spare keys as well as an MoT test
certificate valid until July 2017, this is a unique opportunity to
purchase a rare Citroën SM that will grace any classic car
collection and should prove a wise investment for the future.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170