1972 Citröen SM Coupé Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 00SB9711 Engine no. 107.143
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, these technically advanced and functionally beautiful cars are increasingly sought after today.
This example has the desirable five-speed manual gearbox and comes with a Citröen Heritage certificate detailing its original specification and confirming matching chassis/engine numbers. Sold new in Belgium, the SM has been garaged for the most of its life and since 1975 has enjoyed the warm climate of Greece where it belonged to the same family for 40 years, having been purchased from the first owner by the vendor's uncle. It is described as rust-free and has recently made the trip from Greece to the UK without any problems whatsoever; in fact, we are advised that the longer the journey progressed the better the engine performed. Since its arrival in the UK, the car has made several shorter trips without incident. All the electrics, including the air conditioning and all cabin lights are working, as are the hydraulic suspension and braking systems.
The car comes with servicing and parts documentation dating back to 1980, including receipts from Maserati, Modena for a full engine rebuild in 2006, which included boring out to 3.0 litres from the original 2.7 (photographs on file). Photographs of much of the major works undertaken throughout its life are supplied on a CD together with manuals relating to servicing and maintenance. The owner undertook much of the general maintenance himself with the help of a mechanic who specialised in classic Citröens, and also acquired two complete SMs for spares. For this reason the receipts pertain mainly to components used for the maintenance and rebuild/boring of the engine.
Prior to its arrival in the UK, the car had undergone a full body re-spray in its original colour and had new Michelin tyres and new indicators fitted together with a new air conditioning kit (hoses, compressor, cabin filters, etc). The SM has also undergone a full service: new fuel pump and relay, new ignition cassette and capacitors, new spark plugs, air filters, suspension fluid, engine oils, filters, new brake pads, new battery, new alternator and air conditioning belts, etc. All receipts and documentation relating to this work are supplied. The car also comes with two original keys, the full original tool kit and the original radio, which needs to be installed but is in full working order. A modern radio is currently installed.
Finished in Sable metallic with original cream velour interior, this fine Franco-Italian Gran Turismo is offered with the aforementioned Citröen Heritage certificate; a copy of original registration document; the original Greek import document (1975); original brochure and original manual; completed NOVA form; current MoT and a V5C registration document.