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The stunning, aerodynamic Citroën SM shocked the world in 1970 when it debuted as Citroën’s flagship offering. The French marque’s acquisition of Maserati had figured prominently in its plan to build a world-beating GT car brimming with technical innovation. An all-new Maserati V-6 engine, phenomenal handling, hydropneumatic suspension, and variable power steering all contributed to a 140 mph top speed and touring comfort. The futuristic exterior, enclosed headlights that turned with the steering, and low-slung performance stance also combine to make the Citroën SM one of the most visually engaging automobiles of the 20th century.
This exceptional European-specification SM, with its desirable swiveling headlamps, is part of a fastidiously kept collection of European sports cars. According to the consignor, it was purchased from the Citroën experts at Garage Normandie in the Netherlands following reported restoration work by noted Citroën specialist Bart Kocken. The work included superb detailing of the engine compartment, as well as careful preservation of the interior. Significantly, the aerodynamic body is highlighted by a rare factory electric sunroof fitted at Henri Chapron Carrossier. According to an accompanying letter from Henri Chapron’s daughter, Noëlle, this is one of fewer than 10 examples so fitted. An owner’s manual and service records also accompany the car.
Beautifully presented in exquisite colors with a wonderfully preserved interior, this flagship Citroën offers design excellence, technical sophistication, and a unique presence. It is handsomely poised for shows or enjoyable driving.