1972 Citroen SM Is As Eccentric As Cars Get On US Roads

If you’re trying to stay as far away from the Camrys and the Jettas of the world as possible, bidding on something like this 1972 Citroen SM should make your day.

According to the Bring a Trailer ad, the car has 71,285 miles (114,722 km) on the clock, a 5-speed manual gearbox, 2.7-liter Maserati V6 engine, plus a couple of new parts to help it run better.

So far, the latest bid has reached $6,000 with 5 days left to go, and whoever ends up owning this car, will be able to drive it, although the ad does state that additional work is required for long distance trips.

The seller adds that the car has been kept in storage long term and that it’s been repainted – although a few dents and scratches are still present and visible to the naked eye.

Other issues include the non-functioning front turn signals, a rear turn signal and parking lights, while the main beams are said to go out when the high beams are on.

Inside, the car comes with Tabac leather seats (which show a fair amount of wear), as well as an aftermarket water temperature gauge (non-functional), which has been added along with a couple of mysterious switches. Furthermore, the dome light lens cover is missing, the rear-view mirror is mounted incorrectly, the dashboard lights aren’t working and the power windows operate very slowly.

As for the 2.7-liter V6 unit, it features three Weber carburetors and the connecting 5-speed manual gearbox is said to shift well – although “an adjustment is needed to fix the clutch engagement point.” The car’s future owner will be happy to know that the hydraulic suspension system is also functional.

PHOTO GALLERY

  • REALLY SHARP. THE HEADLINER LOOKS SURPRISINGLY FRESH. APPARENTLY THE POWER WINDOWS ARE HYDRAULIC SO THAT MAY BE WHY THEY’RE SLOW.

    • IS CAP BROKEN ON YOUR KEYBOARD? OR YOU JUST REALLY WANT US TO NOTICE YOUR COMMENTS?????

  • Evan M

    If I had the money, I would buy one of these as a collector’s car. This was when FRANCE was FRANCE. Not today’s blood sucked dry lame EU sharia BS nation.

    • Silimarina

      This car was build when France was in EU.

      • Evan M

        The old EU was about trade only. Today’s EU is all about political lip service and borders.

        • Silimarina

          It was a political and economic union even back then.Sure EU has some problems now, but it also brought together European countries, instead of fighting each other. If you think that France or any other EU country would have been better out of EU, you are wrong

          • ME

            I don’t like what they are doing to Europe, it is now less European demographically. There is now rape that doesn’t get advertised by the press due to EU’s political correct policies. I rather have states fight each other.

          • Silimarina

            1st why would press advertise rape?
            2 there were few cases of rape that did not saw mainstream media, but appeared on other media sources.
            3. those rape cases that were not published on the mainstream media has nothing to do with EU. It has more to do with those local TV channels and/or newspapers. My country is also a EU member and there is no so called EU pc in our news.
            4. So you would have EU countries fight each other, rather than trying to solve EU problems.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I applaud you for trying to combat “the dumb” but I fear that it’s a losing battle. Americans have dived headfirst in the stupid pool and for far too many of them (alas…us), the water’s great.

  • carsmofo

    71K miles my ass, that interior screams 271K. These old odometers only have 5 digits, so it could’ve been rolled over many times.

  • Blade t

    Very odd looking….

  • Julien Lachemoi

    Aaaand we got ourselves a debate about the EU on a car news website.
    People will be people.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Isn’t that what people always do? They say the world would be a boring place if we all agreed but heck, there would be a lot less wars…

  • supermanuel

    The SM is a wonderful, bonkers car but the example above is not a 71,000 mile car by anyone’s standards.

  • S3XY

    Oh how far we have come…

  • john1168

    Futuristic looking car for it’s time.

    • alexxx

      Still looking futuristic…in a way…

  • Bob White

    Great car way ahead of it’s time but how many times has the speedo gone around? My guess is 3-4.

  • psiqtas

    It’s beautiful…only miss its yellow headlights.

  • Zed68

    Beautiful… except for the US spec lights… 🙁