Arizona | Lot 108
1973 Citroën SM
$64,400 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- Equipped with optional five-speed manual transmission
- One of 600 with this engine and transmission combination
- Serviced by Citroën marque specialists
Following Citroën’s purchase of Maserati in 1968, the company had plans to create a GT that combined both the company’s strong suits, namely Citroën’s highly advanced hydro-pneumatic suspension, with the performance of the Maserati V-6. First shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, the SM was to be Citroën’s new flagship, offering amazing technology, performance, and of course, style. As such, it was quick to impress automotive press and was the first non-American car to be named Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine.
Interestingly, at its time, the SM was the fastest front-wheel-drive car the world had ever seen, boasting a top speed of 140 mph. Initially it was powered by a 2.7-liter Maserati V-6. For 1973 the SM was powered by a 3.0-liter Maserati V-6, as also used in Maserati’s Merak.
This 1973 Citroën SM is a well-preserved original example having been under single-family ownership until four years ago. It is finished in a shade similar to Brun Scarabée (brown) with a tan interior. The SM exudes stately sophistication and quirkiness in keeping with the assortment of clientele it attracted when new. This is a desirable 3.0-liter example and one of 600 that were built with the optional five-speed manual transmission.
A well-looked-after example, this SM has been serviced by Citroën marque specialists while under current ownership. This past year specialist John Titus fixed a number of minor concerns, ensuring that it remains in proper working order. The prior owner had the engine completely rebuilt by SM specialist David Hume. During the rebuild, Mr. Hume added the desirable Euro headers. The interior is in stunning original condition for a car that displays 40,282 miles. Seldom seen in the U.S. and a fascinating automobile to many, this SM is certainly worth considering for the enthusiast looking for something completely different.