Representing the pinnacle of Citroën’s automotive innovation of the 1970s, the SM (reportedly short for Système Maserati) is a classic French sports car renowned for its avant-garde design, advanced technology, and impressive performance. This 1973 SD-series example is said to be one of just 600 units produced with a 3.0-liter engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. The subject of an extensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration and bare-metal refinish in silver, this example is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Canada.
Designed by Robert Opron, the SM presents a sleek and aerodynamic design characterized by a long low-slung body, fastback roofline, and rear fender skirts. Equipment includes US-specification headlights and turn signals, stainless-steel bumpers, a driver’s side mirror, rear fender skirts, and polished quad exhaust outlets. This example is said to have been refinished in its factory-specified shade of silver (AC095) in 2012 and the windshield is said to have been replaced as part of the refurbishment. It rides on 15” steel wheels with polished stainless-steel covers. Additional images are provided in the gallery along with photo documentation of the restoration.
The cockpit features brown leather upholstery which covers the front bucket seats, rear bench, door panels, and carpets. Equipment includes Jaeger instrumentation, a suspension-height lever placed to the left of the driver’s seat, a push-button AM/FM radio, an air conditioning system, power windows, and an upgraded self-canceling turn signal borrowed from a later model SM. Additionally, the window regulators are said to have been rebuilt as part of the refurbishment. All gauges, electronics, and accessories are reported to be working properly.
Power is derived from a 3.0-liter V6 engine which was developed in collaboration with Maserati, a subsidiary of Citroën at the time, and three Weber two-barrel carburetors. As much as 170 HP is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. Performance features include a hydropneumatic suspension system, self-centering power steering, an ANSA exhaust system, and four-wheel disc brakes with front inboard-mounted units. Service items prior to October 2022 are said to include replacements to the brake accumulator, hydraulic pump, suspension sphered, and height correctors. The seller also states that the timing chain has been replaced and a list of restoration items is provided in the gallery.
This sale will include a Canadian registration.
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