CITROEN SM 1972
Reg No. CF27949/ Ch: SBSB00SB9404/ Milage km 138300 Year: 1972
THIS IS A BARGAIN!
Price: 18500 Euros or 170.000,- NOK
The car is lovechild of the fantastic marriage between Citroën and Maserati in the seventies. If any car is the statement of cool this is it!
Can take classic Ferrari as part exchange.
In the late 1960s, Citroen acquired Maserati, in part due to a desire to create
a high-performance halo car, The result was the Citroen SM, which debuted
in 1970. The SM used a Maserati four-cam V-6 (later used in the Merak),
which was placed in a front-wheel-drive coupe. The result was a four-seat
GT capable of 140 mph and 0-60 times of 8.6 seconds.
Keeping in tune with the Citroen DS, the SM was packed with cutting edge
technology. Most notable were the precise variable assist power steering, a
slippery profile, rain-sensing wipers, and all manner of hydro-pneumatic
driven systems: self-leveling suspension and headlights (advanced features
despite being used on the DS in 1955), and inboard front disc brakes. The
engine was initially an all-alloy 2.7-liter V-6 that produced 170 hp. A 180-hp,
3.0-liter V-6 was also available for a time during the model’s production run.
Both 5-speed manual (later used in the Lotus Esprit) and 3-speed automatic
transmissions were available.
Inside, the car was an exercise in French high style of the day. Thickly
bolstered leather seats, a single-spoke steering wheel, and stylized gauges
and other accoutrements stand out from other cars of the day. Fewer than
13,000 were built during its 5-year run, and the SM had to hastily exit the
U.S. market in 1974 as the car could not be modified to meet crash
mandates. Citroen later declared bankruptcy a year later, at which point the
SM was axed.
For a long while the Citroen SM was dogged by a reputation for poor
reliability and expensive fixes. Lately, however, the cars have become more
popular among discerning buyers who appreciate a well-maintained car’s
abilities. The well-maintained aspect is key here, as these aren’t cars that will
stay on the road long when left to the care of unfamiliar mechanics or
careless owners. The Citroen SM still feels advanced when driven today, and
it can provide comfortable, high-speed, long-distance cruising for prices far
below what similarly capable cars trade at. Euro cars tend to be at the top of
the list as they carry the trick turning headlights (six of them).