SM – Citroën’s Maserati-en­gined Su­per­car £45

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A re­print of a hard-cover book first pub­lished in 2006, this is nev­er­the­less essen­tial read­ing, not just for fans of Citroën’s glo­ri­ous, but flawed and ul­ti­mately doomed flag­ship, but all key big Citroëns since 1919, from the ear­li­est Type A to the most re­cent C6.

How­ever, the core con­tent fo­cuses on the SM, kick­ing off with sketches of early de­sign pro­pos­als and an in­sight into the pro­to­type mule, a chopped-down two-door DS pack­ing Maserati firepower. Tech­ni­cal sketches de­tail how the hy­draulics work, and how the in­te­rior might have looked – one such from 1969 shows a steer­ing wheel with skele­tal­spokes ap­ing the Citroën chevrons.

Best of all, though, are the var­i­ous lit­er­a­ture re­pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal 47-page press book­let and a huge num­ber of press ad­verts and pho­tos, among them shots of the rally car and the bizarre-look­ing SM-A pro­to­type that in­spired the SM ‘bread­van’ en­tered into the Ban­dama Rally in 1973. The var­i­ous SM-based spe­cials – in­clud­ing the Targa-roofed Heuliez Es­pace, Chapron My­lord con­vert­ible and the Frua-bod­ied car from the 1972 Geneva Mo­tor Show – round this book off nicely. Mike Le Caplain

Brian Long & Philippe Claverol

Pub­lisher: Ve­loce (ve­loce.co.uk)

ISBN: 978-1-904788-60-7

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