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1974 Citroën SM
Citroën SM

Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati's high performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati power unit. The result was the SM (Sport Maserati), first shown at the Geneva Salon of March 1970 and first launched in France in August of the same year. Citroen SM, large version Photo by Hotlorp, this version offered under GNU FDL File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Citroen SM, large version Photo by Hotlorp, this version offered under GNU FDL File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Citroën is a French automobile manufacturer, started in 1919 by André Citroën. ... See also: Mazarati, a 1980s band. ... The Geneva Salon International de lAuto (or Geneva Motor Show) is an annual auto show held in March. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


The SM was Citroën's flagship vehicle competing with other high performance GTs of the time from manufacturers such as Jaguar, Lotus and Porsche. Jaguar Cars is a British automobile manufacturer. ... Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports cars and racing cars based in Hethel, Norfolk, formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. ... The Porsche 912, a Porsche of the 1960s Porsche (), is a German manufacturer of sports cars, founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, the engineer who created the first Volkswagen. ...


The SM was also Citroën's way of demonstrating just how much power and performance could be accommodated in a front wheel drive design.


Designed in-house by Citroën's chief designer Robert Opron the SM is very much a Citroën in design and execution, particularly with its wider track at the front and emphasis on the front wheels and 'glasshouse' of lights. In addition, many of the details reflect M. Opron's American background, notably the truncated 'fins' at the rear.


The SM combined many unusual features - lights that swivelled with the steering, unique self centering and fully powered steering, self levelling headlamps, wiper mechanism that is 'sensitive' to rain, and many other features that are now common place on cars of today. In fact, sitting in an SM today (apart from the '70s interior styling) there is nothing that makes you feel that the car is old or out of date, and interestingly the car was used in 1999 in a televison advertisement where 'a futuristic car was required'.


Much of the technology of the SM was carried forward to the CX - the DIRAVI steering being the most obvious example. The engine in enlarged 3.0 L form was used in Maserati's own Merak which, together with the Khamsin, used Citroën's high pressure hydraulics. 1986 Citroën CX 25 Prestige The CX was a model of Citroën automobile manufactured and sold between 1974 and 1991. ...


The SM was never produced in right hand drive although a few prototypes were constructed by Hertfordshire Citroën dealer, Middleton Motors. One of these still survives in the UK.


In 1970 it was a car of the future, the fastest front wheel drive car to be made. It was an example of the car as a symbol of optimism and progressive technology, before the fuel crises of the middle seventies and more recent problems of congestion and awareness of the environment caused the large, powerful motor car to fall from favour.

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In the USA (one of the main markets for the car), the SM's six headlamp set up was illegal and US specification cars were fitted with four fixed round exposed lamps. There is a story that the first SM imported for a motor show was sent by air freight and on landing during the customs inspection a light exploded due to the changes in air pressure thus the shrouded lights were banned. File links The following pages link to this file: Abu Dhabi Abraham Lincoln Australia Adolf Hitler Animation Andorra Alaska Anatomy Asia Albert Einstein Asterales Automobile Aircraft Alexander Graham Bell Apple Computer American Civil War Ancient Egypt Asteraceae Alps Arches National Park Aarhus Almond Caesar Augustus Acacia Acropolis Acupuncture Amaranth Alexander... The Wikimedia Commons is (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free images, sound and other multimedia files. ...


The SM was sold in three different versions:

  • 2.7 L with Weber 42 DCNF carburettors (170 bhp)
  • 2.7 L with Bosch D-Jetronic injection (178 bhp)
  • 3.0 L with Weber 42 DCNF carburettors (180 bhp) only available with automatic gear box

The engine was also used for the Ligier JS2 sports car. The final SM were also produced in the Ligier factory in Vichy. Ligier is a French automobile maker created by former racing driver Guy Ligier. ... Honda NSX sports car TVR Tuscan sports car New style 2005 Ford Mustang Ruf RGT A sports car is type of automobile designed for sporting performance. ... Ligier is a French automobile maker created by former racing driver Guy Ligier. ... Vichy is a spa and resort town in central France, near Clermont-Ferrand and was the capital of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. ...


Production totalled 12,920 cars and the year by year production figures were as follows:

  • 1970 868
  • 1971 4988
  • 1972 4036
  • 1973 2619
  • 1974 294
  • 1975 115

Coachbuilder Henri Chapron from Levallois-Perret produced a handful of convertibles (SM Mylord) and sedans (SM Opéra). The French President has been known to use long after the end of the distribution two Citroën SM présidentielle also converted by Chapron. Henri Chapron was a famous French coachbuilder established in Levallois-Perret. ... Levallois-Perret is a city in France, in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine. ... Henri Chapron was a famous French coachbuilder established in Levallois-Perret. ...


external links

  • SM link Citroën World (http://home.versatel.nl/CitroenWorld/sm.htm)
  • SM modelcars (http://www.citroenz.nl/sm.htm)
  • SM on the ROAD! (http://home.versatel.nl/citroad/sm.html)
  • P CITROËN SM (http://home.versatel.nl/P-citroen/sm.html)


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Prototypes and Concept Cars A black Traction Avant 1934 Traction Avant 11CV Citroëns Traction Avant, or simply Traction, was the name of a very innovative car produced in the 1930s by Citroën. ... The Citroën TUB and TUC (from the French Traction Utilitaire de type B or type C) were light trucks derived from the Traction Avant and produced by Citroën between 1939 and 1941. ... The Citroën TUB and TUC (from the French Traction Utilitaire de type B or type C) were light trucks derived from the Traction Avant and produced by Citroën between 1939 and 1941. ... 1960 2CV. Notice suicide doors The 2CV (deux chevaux - French, literally two horses, from the tax horsepower rating) was a popular French car made by Citroën. ... The Acadiane is a small commercial vehicle derived from the Dyane, produced from 1978 to 1987. ... The Citroën Ami series was launched in 1961 and remained in production until May 1978. ... The Citroën Ami series was launched in 1961 and remained in production until May 1978. ... The Citroën Ami series was launched in 1961 and remained in production until May 1978. ... The Citroën Axel was a car sold in some countries in Western Europe between 1985 and 1990. ... The Citroën AX is a small car, built by Citroën from 1986 to 1998. ... 1989 BX GTI The Citroën BX was introduced in 1982 and was a somewhat radical car compared to many of its contemporaries. ... 1986 Citroën CX 25 Prestige The CX was a model of Citroën automobile manufactured and sold between 1974 and 1991. ... The Citroën C25 is a van produced by Sevel Sur from 1981 to 1993. ... Citroën C32 and Citroën C35 were vans produced by Citroën from 1974 to 1992. ... Dyane Dyane 6 The Citroën Dyane was an automobile model of the French company based on the famous Citroën 2CV. It was a hatchback with some styling differences, such as conventional round headlamps set into the bodyshell with a squared enjoliveur, as opposed to the bug eye ones... The DS (also known as Déesse, or Goddess, after the punning initials in French) was a model of Citroën automobile manufactured and sold between 1955 and 1975. ... The DS (also known as Déesse, or Goddess, after the punning initials in French) was a model of Citroën automobile manufactured and sold between 1955 and 1975. ... 1998 SX 2. ... The Citroën FAF was a car derived from the 2CV and designed for the Third World countries. ... The Citroën GS / GSA: was a popular, comfortable and very agile French car made by Citroën. ... The Citroën GS / GSA: was a popular, comfortable and very agile French car made by Citroën. ... The Citroën H Van or HY was a light truck produced by Citroën between 1947 and 1981. ... The Citroën LN and LNA was a subcompact automobile. ... The Citroën LN and LNA was a subcompact automobile. ... The Citroën M35 was a coupé derived from the Ami 8, and equiped with a Wankel engine and an hydropneumatic suspension. ... The Citroën Méhari is an open car based on the 2CV, with a body made of ABS, and which was produced from 1968 to 1988. ... The Citroën Saxo is a car built by Citroën from 1996 to 2003. ... The Citroën Visa is a small, roomy, light, 5-door car derived from the Peugeot 104 and produced by Citroën from 1978 to 1988. ... Citroen XM with suspension fully lowered Regarded by some as the last real Citroën, the XM was not really a great success. ... The Citroën Xantia is an mid-sized automobile produced by PSA Peugeot-Citroen, and was produced between 1993 and 2001. ... 1997 Citroën ZX The Citroën ZX was launched early in 1991 as the French marques competitor in the Ford Escort class. ...

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Citroën Website (http://www.citroen.com/en/default_content.htm) Citroën World (http://home.versatel.nl/CitroenWorld/) The Citroën G Van was the 1948 prototype built by Citroën of a small truck which looked like a scaled down version of the H Van, and equipped with the 375 cc engine of the 2CV. One model of the G Van has survived till today. ... The Citroën Prototype C was a range of vehicles created by Citroën from 1955 to 1956 under the direction of André Lefèbvre. ... The Citroën 2CV Pop was the study by Citroën of a luxuous execution of the 2CV, built in 1973. ... The Citroën GS Camargue was a concept car of a Citroën GS Coupé 2+2 which was designed by the Italian company Bertone. ... The Citroën C44 is a little-known CX-engined VW Iltis jeep. ... The Citroën Karin was a concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980. ... Citroën Zabrus The Citroën Zabrus was a concept car of a Coupé 2+2 which was designed by the Italian company Bertone. ...

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