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In 1961, Citroën began work on 'Project S' - a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati's high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The Citroën SM, was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. It finally went on sale in France in September of that year. All produced were left-hand-drive. The SM was Citroën's flagship vehicle, competing with other high-performance GTs of the time. It was also Citroën's way of demonstrating just how much power and performance could be accommodated in a front-wheel drive design.Contemporary automotive journalists were most effusive about the SM's dynamic qualities, which were unlike anything they had experienced before. The SM provided a combination of comfort, sharp handling, and high performance not available in any other car at the time. Our collector has owned this Citroën SM since 2000, showing just 2 former keepers the car was maintained from new by Shaw & Kilburn Ltd of London with Maintenance records from 1976 at 3,142 miles until 1995 at 60,239 miles. The car was then subject to an extensive body restoration in the late 1990s at a cost of £15,450, which included the fitment of new panels and a respray with supporting photographic records. Presented with the car is an excellent history file that not only includes invoices and images documenting the cars restoration but also the original owners manual and invoices from Citroën for Genuine spares which provide further testament that the car has been always been meticulously maintained. The Citroën SM ‘s are elegantly styled and luxuriously equipped and this well maintained example is sure to turn heads.
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