A Century of Cars: 84. Norev 1972 Citroen SM Presidentielle
In 1961, CitroŽn began work on 'Project
S' - a sports variant of the revolutionary CitroŽn DS. As was
customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were
developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS -
eventually becoming a halo vehicle for the brand. CitroŽn 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 CitroŽn suspension with a Maserati V6
The result was the CitroŽn SM 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 CitroŽn's flagship vehicle, competing with other high performance GTs of the time from manufacturers such as Jaguar, Lotus, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo and Porsche. It was also CitroŽn's way of demonstrating just how much power and performance could be accommodated in a front-wheel drive design.