Citroën Car Club SM to stay

We had the pleasure of hosting visitors from England who booked through the Citroën Car Club and arrived in a magnificent Citroên SM.

Front view of Citroën SM parked outside gîte on holiday at Gites in Charente

This car is the fuel injection variant, (EFI) which uses the same D-Jetronic Bosch system as the DS23ie, albeit with twice as many components to cater for the V6 engines fuel needs. Not for the faint hearted home mechanic!

Back view of Citroën SM parked outside gîte on holiday at Gites in Charente
The Citroên SM: awesome from any angle

I was delighted and most honoured to be given the chance to take the SM out for a short drive. Like the DS, a big car but with the added soundtrack of a Maserati V6 engine up front making progress up the road considerably more brisk than my DS23ie. You sit very low and comfortably, surrounded by period luxuries such as electronic window winding, and ride with the usual comfort delivered by the hydro-pneumatic suspension. The steering is a little odd at first – the DIRAVI (Direction à rappel asservi: power steering with power assisted return) – as it pulls back to centre with enthusiasm, but once mastered, gives excellent driver feedback and control.

Thinking about taking your Citroën SM on holiday? Why not join us and the other classic cars here? Send some details of your plans via our contact page.

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