Lot 176 - 1972 Citroën sm
|Sold - £20,160
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 supplied to 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).
This SM was first registered on 1st February, 1972 in the United Kingdom. Although the identity of all six former keepers of the vehicle is not known, insurance documents show that the vehicle was registered to an address in the Diplomatic Quarter of Brussels from 1983 to 1988 and driven with diplomatic number plates during this period. Originally light bronze, the vehicle was given a high-quality re-paint in startling electric green in 1994 with the colour complementing the timeless futuristic shape to great effect. The vendor purchased the car in March 2015 from the late Andrew Brodie and has since spent over £4,500 with SM experts BL Autos, maintaining and improving the vehicle mechanically to ensure that it will continue to grace the fast lane of autoroutes for years to come, fulfilling Citroën's ambition of creating the ultimate and timeless Gallic GT.
This car is the ultimate goodwill ambassador, drawing smiling crowds as far afield as the Scottish Highland Games in Dunkeld, on a 1,000-mile round trip to Oban in the summer of 2016 and across Normandy and Brittany in the summer of 2015. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until April 2018, this is a unique opportunity to invest in a beautiful and iconic vehicle which still drives as well as it looks and will grace any classic car collection and should also prove a wise investment for the future.
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