SM – Citroën’s Maserati-engined Supercar £45
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)