CAR OF 1970 CITROËN SM
The SM, idiosyncratically-styled by Robert Opron, was a long, sleek, dramatic GT featuring a futuristic interior that wouldn’t have disgraced a 1970s sci-fi movie. Power came from a 2.7-litre (later 3.0-litre) V6 that was effectively a Maserati V8 with two cylinders removed. Hydropneumatics controlled the suspension, speed-sensitive steering and brakes. Peugeot took Citroën over in 1974, didn’t get the SM at all, and killed it off the following year.