In 1961, Citroën began work on ‘Project S’ – a sports variant of the 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 result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970 and went on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars were all left-hand-drive, although RHD conversions were done in the UK and Australia.
This wonderful example was the subject of a complete nut and bolt restoration and our remit was to make it ‘futuristic again’. Bespoke details included a full repaint in a noon-standard gold, a full retrim, a mechanical overhaul and the installation of internal lighting – all at the customer’s request.