Displacement: 2,965 cc
Horsepower: 188 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 184 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 134 mph
0 - 60 mph: 10.2 seconds
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Citroen has always had the reputation of producing very avant-garde vehicles. Their pre-war Traction Avant, for example, was not only the first mass production front-wheel drive car, but also amongst the first to be built as a uni-body, that is, with no separate chassis. After the war, their super-futuristic DS, was the first mass produced cat to be fitted with disc brakes. Constantly seeking to up the ante, they wanted to add performance to innovation and so, when, in 1968, the opportunity arose to purchase the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati, they jumped at the chance. They wasted no time developing an extremely lightweight V6 version of Maserati's fabled V8 and squeezed it under the bonnet of a heavily restyled DS. Voila! The SM was born! Festooned with amazing technological features, including variable assist, quick ratio power steering and self-adjusting pressure regulation for the rear brakes, they finally had a car that could perform as spectacularly as it looked. The new body was so aerodynamic that it had one of the lowest drag coefficients of any production vehicle.
During its rather brief reign, this miracle of modern engineering attracted quite an illustrious following, to say the least, from Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman to then President of the USSR Leonid Brezhnev. However, none of these could top its most ardent, 'celebrity' supporter, Ugandan dictator extraordinaire, Idi Amin, who had seven of them!!
Built in November of 1972, this car came fitted with the larger displacement 3.0-litre engine and three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission. With just 61,000 miles from new, it is in superb condition throughout. The body is arrow straight and the Sable metallic paint shows no sign of any corrosion or accident damage. The interior appears entirely original and is in similarly good shape. The engine fires instantly with no smoke or clatter and the transmission shifts correctly. The suspension raises and lowers through its full range and the renowned four-wheel disc brakes stop on a dime. (In 1972, Popular Science magazine attested that the SM had the shortest stopping distance of any car that they had ever tested.)
As one of only 1,612 3.0 cars ever built, this space-age GT is not only rare but also one of the few sleeper classics that have yet to soar in value, giving it very attractive investment potential in addition to its collectibilty.