Classic car in countryside

Author: Luke Madden

Citroën SM Restoration Opportunity

Thornley Kelham has two remaining examples of the revolutionary Citroën SM available for complete restoration, at a fixed price and to your chosen specification. The Citroën SM was first launched as a collaboration between Citroën & Maserati, produced from 1970-1975, featuring a futurism-inspired design by Robert Opron, one of the most revered car designers of modern times.

The first example has already found a new owner and restoration is underway in our workshops. Orders for SM2 and SM3 are available subject to contract, and delivery is expected in fifteen to eighteen months’ time from receipt of initial deposit. This is a unique opportunity to own an SM restored to our standards and individually specified to your requirements. SM1 was agreed at a fixed price of £185,000, with SM2 and SM3 pricing available on application.

All Thornley Kelham restored Citroën SM models will be completely stripped down to bare metal and fully prepared before any necessary metal work is carried out, after which the shell and chassis will be sealed and painted. This is followed by a preparation and paint process involving up to sixteen stages including epoxy priming, flatting, priming, and the application of several coats of colour .

Our teams have many decades of experience and skill preparing and painting cars for international concours events, and each SM will be professionally prepared and finished to those standards. Each engine will be completely rebuilt, as will engine bay ancillaries, brakes, suspension and running gear.

Your car will also be finished to your exact specification and can be updated from original as you require, including the addition of modern conveniences such as Bluetooth connectivity.

This is a unique opportunity to own one of these beautiful, ground-breaking icons, restored and finished to Thornley Kelham’s renowned concours standards.

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Perfect for Mille Miglia

In 1951 Lancia launched the coupe version of the Aurelia – the B20GT, which would ultimately be produced in 6 distinct series until 1958. It is, with a few attractive modifications, perfect for the Mille Miglia – and we just so happen to have one such car.

Only 500 examples of the first series were built and immediately found great success in major European rallies. The car we have for sale has  recently undergone major restoration work (not at Thornley Kelham), including bodywork, mechanical work, an interior retrim and repainted in its original amaranto colour. Post-works, the car was sent to us for further specialised work including front suspension, braking system overhaul, speedometer rebuild, improving tracking and wheel balancing. The car now drives very well indeed and is ready for its next competitive – or leisure – outing.

Overall this is a rare car, eligible for the Mille MIglia and many other major events, coming with attractive modifications for rallying already carried out. The earlier 2-litre B20GT cars are increasingly sought-after, and this example is ready to continue campaigning.