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The special presidential SMs built by Chapron for Prťsident Pompidou

In 1971, French President Georges Pompidou commissioned Chapron to build two four door drophead cars based on the SM.

They were first used on the occasion of the 1972 state visit to France of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Both of these cars were 5.6 m long and weighed 1 890 kg and despite the massively increased weight were fitted with the standard SM V6 engine.

Changes were made to the final drive to allow the cars to drive slowly in ceremonial processions.

CitroŽn submitted four proposals to the Elysťe, comprising from top left going clockwise, a Landaulet; a saloon with metal roof incorporating an opening panel; and a cabriolet (roof up and roof down).  It was decided to build the latter car and Chapron was commissioned to build the two cars.


Left one president who was happy with the standard car was Idi Amin Dada, President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979.  He owned seven of them.
Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR also owned one as did Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and the Shah of Iran.

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