2021 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
Lot
159

1973 Citroen SM V6 Coupe (RHD)

$146,000

Melbourne

Sold

Specifications

Engine 2.7 litre V6
Gearbox Five-Speed Manual
Body Work Coupe
Colour White/Black
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel With Hubcaps
Brakes Disc/Disc

Description

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The futuristic SM was a sleek, low-slung coupe destined to become the French marque's flagship in the first half of the ‘70s. Debuting at the Geneva Salon in 1970, the SM came about after Citroen took a controlling interest in Maserati and combined the 2.7-litre V6 derived from the Modenese company's quad-cam V8 with front-wheel drive, hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension and hydraulic systems for the brakes and power steering. The Citroen set new standards for refinement and comfort and the dramatic shape helped the SM slip through the air to a remarkable top speed of 140mph despite only having 170bhp on tap (later 3-litre models had 190bhp). The interior complemented the radical exterior, with an unusual single-spoke steering wheel and comprehensively equipped dashboard, with no shortage of novel features - European models were equipped with directional headlamps that swiveled as the wheels turned and a battery of warning lights kept the driver well informed. Production of the SM reached 12,920 units by 1975 before the fuel crisis killed off the car. Today, the SM is in high demand with collectors and enthusiasts around the world. Australia is fortunate in having a strong network of clubs, spares, and experts to provide plenty of support for SM owners.