KEITH ADAMS

ED­I­TOR

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

The thought of spend­ing £20,000 on a clas­sic of my choice is al­ways go­ing to send me in a pre­dictable di­rec­tion: to­wards the Citroën SM.

OK, so it’s never go­ing to be a straight­for­ward jour­ney for me – mainly be­cause good ones are nearer £35,000 now, and the ones that come in un­der the limit are al­ways go­ing to need a lit­tle bit of work.

The fi­first port of call for me would be to check on the big­gest French car web­sites. A quick look at the well-es­tab­lished Le­bon­coin (www.le­bon­coin.fr) throws up a num­ber of ex­am­ples for less than €20,000, all of which look very promis­ing in­deed. The fi­first thing to es­tab­lish is what your SM plans would in­volve – whether you want to drive the car back, or pre­fer the rel­a­tive se­cu­rity of hav­ing it trail­ered.

The for­mer ex­cites me more, as I have a well-honed (and well-doc­u­mented) sense of ad­ven­ture, but the lat­ter, I guess, leaves op­tions open for trav­el­ling fur­ther afi­field, and wor­ry­ing less about the con­di­tion of the car I’d be look­ing at. A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple com­ing in at around £15,000, leav­ing some room to fi­fix any not-so ma­jor faults, has de­cent his­tory, is in good con­di­tion, and will prob­a­bly get you up and run­ning in the UK with­out too many tears – as long as you’re on good terms with a rep­utable Citroën-flflu­ent spe­cial­ist, who’s also happy to play with Maserati V6s.

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