IN 2010 CITROňN CELEBRATED 40 YEARS OF THE SM
CitroŽn’s high performance coupť, the SM, is celebrating its 40th birthday.
luxury sports tourer, an alliance between CitroŽn and Maserati, was
first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 11th March 1970 - 40 years
Technically innovative, with a dynamic,
yet supremely comfortable ride experience, the CitroŽn SM was highly
regarded for its futuristic styling, prestigious quality,
‘magic-carpet’ suspension and outstanding performance - a unique
combination of characteristics not available in any other car at the
Officially recognised as a truly exceptional
vehicle in the early 1970’s, the SM placed third in the European Car of
the Year Awards in 1971 - the winner was CitroŽn’s GS. The SM also
received the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award in the US in 1972.
by a Maserati V6 engine, the SM was one of the fastest front-wheel
drive cars of its day, with a top speed in excess of 220km/h (137mph).
A competitive performer in motorsport, the SM won its first race at the
Morocco Rally in 1971.
technology, the SM introduced a new type of variable assist
power-steering, which made it easier to manoeuvre at lower speeds and
provided greater resistance at higher speeds for improved control and
The car also featured hydro-pneumatic
suspension with automatic height correction and six headlamps with
automatic levelling. Four power-assisted disc brakes, with independent
front and rear circuits, automatically adjusted brake power according
to vehicle load and weight distribution.
owners have included U.S. comedian Jay Leno, Rolling Stones drummer
Charlie Watts, author Graham Greene and actor Lee Majors. French
Presidents from Georges Pompidou to Jacques Chirac used two specially
modified 4-door convertible 'prťsidentielle’ models, created by coach
builder Henri Chapron.
© 11th March 2010 CitroŽn UK Ltd./CitroŽnŽt