Lot 159 - 1971 Citroën Maserati SM
|Odometer reading||37,371 km|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
In 1961, Citroën began work on 'Project S', a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati's high-performance V6 engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension. The result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970 and which went on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars were all lefthand drive, although righthand conversions were done in the UK and Australia. The origin of the model name 'SM' is not completely clear. The 'S' may derive from the Project 'S' designation and the 'M' perhaps refers to Maserati, hence SM is often assumed to stand for 'Systeme Maserati' or 'Sports Maserati'. Another common alternative is 'Série Maserati' but others have suggested it is short for 'Sa Majesté' (Her Majesty in French), which aligns with the common DS model's nickname 'La Déesse' (The Goddess).
Recently imported to the UK, this 1971 Citroën Maserati SM lefthand drive is supplied with an impressive history file which, combined with its fantastic condition, leads us to believe that the mileage reading of 37,000km is accurate; unfortunately however, this is not warranted.
In excellent condition throughout, this is finished in metallic gold/beige with typically unusual Citroen orange trim. It is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until December 2016. The Citroën SM has always been regarded as one the most collectable of the post-war Citroëns and rarely comes to market; as such, when one does, they usually demand high prices. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a rare Citroën SM that will grace any classic car collection and should prove a wise investment for the future.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.