The Citroen SM represents the pinnacle of something, it’s just no obvious what. Oddball engineering and unique styling combined to make it a car splits the difference between a BMW e9 (CS coupe) and a Cadillac Eldorado: European craftsmanship and cabin layout to pilot a floaty front-wheel-drive highway missile. Beyond that cursory description I’ll chuck it over to Lieberman from a 2007 induction piece to the Jalopnik Fantasy Garage.
Jonny’s never been one for spinning wrenches (he’s got people to do that for him now), so while the SM made great sense if you were Burt Reynolds in 1974 the budgetary realities for you and me in 2013 mean our examples are a bit less awe inspiring. Actually, they still inspire awe, just differently. Case-in-point, today’s 1972 Citroen SM for sale is a mere $504 with unmet reserve, but will likely need everything. The body shell has dents but no rust, but the interior is aged and the motor is frozen. The hydropneumatic suspension will need complete replacement.
Unlike so many nearly hopeless classics of yore, “
LSX Ford FE390 FTW” doesn’t really play out here, given the FWD chassis and bonkers suspension. Off the top of my head (or maybe some other part of my anatomy), dropping in the FWD drivetrain out of an old Eldo and offending everyone seems attractive. Sacre bleu!