Citroen SM Reviews from UK and Ireland

1971 Citroen SM v6 carb 2.7

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance73000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen DS

Summary:

Science on wheels, art in motion, unique in the world

Faults:

Not a great deal has gone wrong with the car. Mostly, I have had preventative work done: as soon as I get an inkling that something is wrong, I have it checked and repaired. With this kind of car, I think that's imperative.

During the last 10,000 kms it's performed remarkably well in terms of reliability. A 'pinking' sound at just over 4000 revs was identified as main bearing wear. This was rectified immediately, so no damage to crankshaft was to ensue.

General Comments:

As a long term owner of a Citroen DS Safari, I have for years enjoyed the extraordinary drive that simply cannot be matched by any other car.

It seemed logical therefore, that once I could now afford one, I simply had to have THE 70's Citroen driving experience which culminated in the Maserati engined Citroen SM.

A good example was sourced via North London specialist Andrew Brodie Engineering and this car was then subject to all the correct modifications (timing chain upgrades, solid valves, modified air-com etc..) and finally a re-spray in Bleu Platine.

Driving it every day proves the car lives up to it's original remit:

Subtly fast and beautiful to look at, serene, yet purposeful and engaging the SM is just an amazing car.

Park up and people swarm around it, trying to find some tell-tale sign as to its identification. They ask: Is it a Scimitar? Is it a kit-car? (!). Is it a Ford Mustang? (please!!).

Needless to say most have never heard of one, fewer have ever seen one. All though, are impressed.

There is no snobbery of ownership, like you face if you are a new Ferrari owner. Taxi drivers give the thumbs up, schoolboys drool over the cool shapely curves, bus drivers give way, just to watch the metallic blue beauty sail by. In fact, it's the automotive antidote to Status Anxiety (if you suffer it).

Talk to people about the technical merits of the car and they look at you in disbelief! Was all that mechanical complexity really available in the seventies?

Yes it was, and it remains to this day a car so clever, so intriguing, so able as an everyday car, so beautiful in its style so breathtaking in its approach, that in sum nothing on Earth can compare.

Find a really good one, keep it that way and you'll never want for anything else at any price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2004

6th Oct 2005, 22:22

I can't agree more more. There is no one car that compares to a Citroen SM. There are better cars, but there is nothing quite like like a SM. It was and will continue to be a car that was years ahead of it's rivals. I doubt that even thirty years later a car exists that can match the ride in a Citroen SM. I would not be the first to say the car was ahead of its time. It was, and will always be. I only hope that one day the car's foward thinking will be recognized. There is no car to which it can be compared. The SM stands somewhat alone in the realm of automobile history. It is a very special car indeed. It truly has no rival.

1971 Citroen SM V6 double overhead cam per cylinder bank

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 double overhead cam per cylinder bank Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carDeLorean DMC-12

Summary:

An innovative conundrum

Faults:

Mostly engine problems which are easily excused because it is a French built car, no offense to the French. Not to mention its not easy task finding someone to work on these cars, I can only relate this car to a Rubik's cube, it looks simple, but turns out to be a total conundrum.

General Comments:

This car is rather bizarre, the gages are nearly impossible to read, other than that the car is an excellent ride. Very innovative and sleek styling. So many features as well, the headlights turn with the steering wheel, ingenious. If you have the means of picking one up, I recommend you do so, they are also rather rare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2003

29th Apr 2003, 03:31

The engine is an Italian Maserati engine, not a French one... no offence meant.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews