Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4
The SM eventuated after Citroen acquired a controlling
interest in Italian manufacturer Maserati - and decided
that a vehicle should be created that utilized the best
from both companies.
This prestige SM was created in 1970, and used a smaller
V6 version of Maserti's quad-cam V8 motor, combined with
Citroen's already well developed front wheel drive
had its gearbox/transaxle unit slung ahead of the compact
Now, at last, a performance Citroen...
As with the DS before it, the SM used Citroen's famous hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension
was interconnected with four-wheel disc brakes
responsive power steering.
This car was quick and classy, superbly stable at higher
speeds while maintaining that comfortable carpet ride
feel so praised in the DS.
Its shape was to win critical acclaim with a purposeful
broad nose that was fully flared in glass and a tapering
It was a four-seater with a stylish interior that
matched its futuristic exterior.
Initially sales were strong but with the advent of the 1973
fuel crisis saw the SM suffer as this car was most
uneconomical at 18 mpg.
Production halted in 1975 with
just under 13,000 being built.