1973 Citroen SM
Reg. no. OBU 635M
Chassis no. OOSC2211
Engine no. 301983
Citroen was formed in 1919 and immediately proved popular with the French populace with the introduction of its first offering the Type A 10CV. Offered ready for the road and complete with coachwork, toolkit, spare wheel, electric starter and lighting, Citroen took 16,000 orders within the first two weeks with delivery to the first customer in July 1919. After producing around 2,800 cars in 1919 production steadily rose to over 55,000 by 1924. Always looking to the future Andre Citroen had an infatuation for front wheel drive cars and the iconic Traction was introduced in 1934 and carried on in production until the 1950\'s in various guises.
Citroen had held patents for hydraulic suspension from 1944 and these came to the fore with the introduction of the DS range and carried on into the SM range. The SM came into being as an experiment when Pierre Bercot wanted to know whether there was limit to the amount of power that could be transmitted to the front wheel drive cars. After testing DS based experimental cars up to 380 hp it was reported that Citroen had the know how to build front wheel drive cars up to any power.
Maserati were approached and supplied a 2760cc, 180bhp V6 engine and the coupe coachwork was designed by Opron & Giret with customer orders taken from October 1970. Citroen produced just over 12,000 of the SM up until 1975. The SM was only ever produced with left hand drive although Citroen did sanction British Engineer and Citroen specialist, Roy Middleton, to convert just three to right hand drive.
The SM offered for sale is a rolling project needing improvement mainly to the bodywork. Currently fitted with a 2.7l carburettor engine the original Maserati V6 engine is included in the sale and that has, by repute, been rebuilt with the better solid valves and is ready to be fitted back into the car. It should be noted that the original engine is turning and free but has never been started. The vendor reports that the hydraulic system has been checked over with all new parts fitted where necessary and there are no leaks from that system or the braking system. There are also bills on file for remanufacturing the radiator and re-nickelling the reflectors. The fuel tank has been refurbished and new fuel pumps fitted as well as fuel lines. The bodywork is generally sound but there are areas that need treatment prior to a respray. Some repairs have been done to the rear wings; the spats are not currently fitted but are with the vehicle. The cloth interior can best be described as saggy but functional.
The car come with a current V5, is MOT exempt and attracts a nil rate VED as a Historic Vehicle. There is some history, a number of invoices for parts used as well as copies of the SM owner’s manual and volume 1 of the SM repair manual. The vehicle can be used as is, with improvements being carried out along the way.
Extra details and estimates:
£16,000 - 18,000
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