This Citroën SM, as offered by Classic Park, has been delivered new in Germany. This car comes with a lot of history, bills and documentation and including the original German license plate.
This SM was imported in the Netherlands in 1987 and has since then a Dutch registration. The car has a valid Dutch MOT until November 10th, 2018.
The Citroën SM was presented to the public in 1970 and was an immediate hit because of the distinctive design. According to some SM stand for Sa Majesté (Her or His Majesty). Others believe that Sport Maserati is the only proper designation. There is something to be said for that. In 1961 Citroën launched Project S, with the aim to create an exclusive car with revolutionary performance, based on the DS. The desired top speed was over 180 km / h. In 1963 Maserati was asked to develop the engine, in 1968 the company was taken over by Citroën.
The SM was provided with some typical Citroën features: hydro pneumatic suspension, headlights that turned with the front wheels, the one-spoke oval steering wheel, front wheel drive and the gearbox mounted in front of the engine. However, there were a number of things new: load-dependent brake pressure, a motorized gearbox and speed-dependent power steering (DIRAVI). Typical feature of this was the automatic return to the straight forward when the handle was released.
The 2.7 or 3.0 liter engine was manufactured by Maserati and equipped with a triple Weber carburetor or a Bosch D-Jetronic injection system. The 3.0-liter version was designed for the U.S. market, as was the development of the three-speed automatic transmission. The manual SM reached 228 km/h. In 1971 a racing version of the SM won the Rally of Morocco.
About 13,000 Citroën SM were made, 98 of which (at least officially) ended up in the Netherlands. Johan Cruyff was by far the best known Dutch SM owner. The price for the standard model was Fl. 36,900 (€ 16,745). Production ceased in 1975.
Between 1970 and 1975 a total of 12.920 Citroen SM’s were sold worldwide.
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