The Citroen SM (Sport Maserati) high performance coupe was manufactured in France between 1970-1975. About 12,900 cars were manufactured and only 2000 of these were sold in the United States during 1972-1973.
We were so happy and shocked to see a 1972 Citroen SM at a local car show in early January 2014 that we just could not help but write about it – what a treat!.
Above: Front view of a nice 1972 Citroen SM (Sport Maseratti)
The Citroen SM won its first competitive Motorsport event at the 1971 Rallye du Maroc. It quickly became known for its technical innovations during the early 1970’s. In fact, some of its innovative features are just being introduced in some of today’s cars, like hydropleumatic self-leveling suspension and self-leveling lights that swiveled with the steering wheel – cool.
The Citroen D Series beginning in 1955 introduced slippery aerodynamics into the design. In 1968, Citroen purchased Maserati and the goal was to combine the aerodynamics of the Citroen with the racing heritage of the Maserati V6, and the SM was the result. During its five years in production, variations of the Citroen SM served as ice racers, international rally cars and a presidential limousine. In the early 1970s, the Citroen SM was touted as the car of the future and was known as the fastest front-wheel drive on the market with independent speed tests reaching 145 mph (235 km/h). In 1972, the Citroen SM won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year award in the U.S. In 2005, the Citroen SM’s design placed eleventh on the “100 Coolest Cars” list published by Automobile Magazine.
The 1972 Citroen in the photos above and below sported the following component options:
Here’s a few photos of the 1972 Citroen SM (Sport Maserati) recently seen in early January 2014 at a local Dallas car show.
It was a real treat to view this engineering masterpiece up close. I only wish I had the opportunity to take it for a spin… If you are thinking about shopping for a repair manual or general automotive book about the Citroen SM at TheMotorBookstore.com, I will tell you that this is one of the few motor vehicles that we don’t yet carry literature about. — Mike References: The owner of this fine car (do not remember his name)