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Fort Lauderdale Auctions America 2105: Project Car Nightmare Edition


1973 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

So recently I attended an AuctionsAmerica Show and have been sharing what was there to be seen and noted by this olelongrooffan for my fellow Hoons viewing pleasure. As I spotted these two, I came up with the idea of the PCH PCN and as I have experience with both of these makes of vehicles, I thought I would toss them out here for my fellow Hoons viewing pleasure.

1972 Citroen SM


Yeah when this olelongrooffan was a mere whipper snapper my Pops, TheGentlemanFarmer, owned some pretty much off the wall stuff. He acquired, somewhere, somehow, a 1975 Peugeot 504 Diesel with a four speed for his kids Hooning pleasure. At the same time, he was Hooning around in a 1972 Citroen DS 21 Pallas. (Mom still had the Robins Egg Blue Country Squire) That DS was sweet cream in color with butter soft leather inside. Of course, the mechanicals on each of these cars were rather sketchy and thejeepjunkie and I honed our Hooning skills on the Diesel while Pops preferred to let the pros see to his DS. Understandably so. Now has come the time to make the jump to see more of these beauties. All of the italized text is from the AuctionsAmerica site and is their property used here without permission. Images are all mine.


The Peugeot 504 was an elegant, versatile and durable car with pleasingly proportioned bodywork designed by Pininfarina and power from a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The convertible is a very pretty car and one that is not often seen, especially in the United States.

This 1973 504 Cabriolet is a particularly late example that is finished in cream and has a black interior, tan carpets, black cloth convertible top, Cromodora alloy wheels, blackwall radial tires, wood-rimmed sports steering wheel and CD stereo system. While it shows signs of wear and previous body repairs, this Peugeot 504 has had recent paint and is a complete example of a very rare and beautiful car. Overall, it is serviceable and would lend itself well to a relatively straightforward restoration that would result in a beautiful, seldom seen classic French convertible.

I thought I had captured a few more images of this one at the show but, alas, I cannot find them. Here is a link to the home page with several nicer, more flattering images of it. BTW, sold at $13,500.00. This olelongrooffan calls that well sold.

1972 Citroen SM


The Citroen SM has its own unique style with a dramatic fastback, squared off rear end, small fender skirts and quad round headlamps that are recessed. The SM was unusually aerodynamic for its era, with Kamm tail and generating a low drag coefficient of 0.26. The car came standard with a hydro-pneumatic self-leveling and variable height suspension, anti-locking front and rear disc brakes, air conditioning and a radio that is uncommonly located in the console. The 1971 Import Buyers Guide said the car “was like being in another world- a world of speed, comfort and safety never felt before on any other car we have driven!”


This attractive Citroen SM is finished in a metallic blue exterior with small fender skirts, radial tires and stainless wheel covers. The interior is fitted with power windows, AM radio, tan leather that shows its age, and matching tan carpet. Powering the car is a V-6 Maserati engine with dual exhaust, connected to a manual front-wheel drive gearbox.


The Citroen SM received accolades when introduced and was the recipient of the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. In 2005, as a signal to the way this car has endured in people’s hearts over the ensuing years, the design placed eleventh in the Automobile Magazine “100 Coolest Cars” listing.

And let this olelongrooffan say this about that, a SM sold for $27,500.00 with no brakes and a driver’s side footwell in this condition is a Well Sold SM.

Which one would my fellow Hoons prefer?

Images Copyright Hooniverse/2015 longrooffan

  • Given the choice between a functional convertible or a fixed-roof car with no brakes, weird wires wrapped around the steering wheel, and going at more than twice the price, the answer is clear: the Citroën.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    The Citroen SM is the definition of project car hell, I’ll take the Peugeot because as long as it’s not rusty the rest is built Africa tough and bush mechanic fixable.


    There a lot of good in the SM picture, the Renault 5 Turbo and the Jag E-Type

  • Synchromesh

    I find the 504 sedan in original Euro guise to be far more attractive than the coupe/convertible.