Citroen wanted to make a sports variant of their most revolutionary model, the Citroen DS and so the design team started to work on developing an equally iconic model. The secret project was titled ‘Project S’ and it was 1961.
For nearly 7 years the design team toiled, until a new development took place – Citroen took over the operations of Maserati, the Italian sports car maker in 1968. What resulted in this confluence was the development of the first true blooded French made Gran Turismo model called Citroen SM. The model name SM was supposed to mean Project S + Maserati. Few others say that the words SM meant a Citroen Sports Maserati.
With a powerful V6 engine, aerodynamic body, front-wheel drive it had a hydro-pneumatic suspension system. This revolutionary technology developed by Citroen’s Paul Ernest Mary Magès was based on the fact that a gas can be compressed but not any fluid (in later years cars such as the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and the Maserati Quattroporte II used the same technology).
Magès also developed an active steering system for this model called DIRAVI, that allowed the driver to power assist during parking.
The Citroen SM was launched at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show and was very successful.
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
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|- Opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 7 x 6|