Following its launch at the 1970 Geneva Show, the SM was praised for its power and its chassis, road holding benefiting from the engine’s positioning behind the front axle line.
For 1972 the carburettors were replaced by Bosch fuel injection, raising output to 178bhp; the following year engine capacity increased to 2,965cc – using the same V6 that was to power Maserati’s new Merak – outputs rising again to 190bhp although performance remained much as the original car; at the same time automatic transmission became optional.
The expensive SM, however, proved something of an anomaly: too fast for Citroen’s traditional customers but too quirky for traditional Maserati owners. As a result, when production ceased in 1975, only 12,024 had been built and this fastest and most striking of all Citroens is now very collectable.
This lovely unrestored Citroen SM is finished in metallic gold with a complementary chocolate leather interior. The Maserati V6 soundtrack makes the cabin a wonderful place to be. The car , coming from a collection in Italy is offered with UK registration papers.