July 7, 2015
Not often you see something this rare parked just two blocks from home, but there it was this past Sunday — the Citroën SM, built only from 1970-75, during which time just under 13,000 units were sold world-wide (only 115 in the final year!). So what went wrong? The SM was in effect a replacement for the venerable DS (which ironically also stayed in production until 1975). It had all of the hallmark Citroën quirks: “out-there” styling, single-spoke steering wheel, wide front track with a narrower rear track… in addition, the SM was powered by a Maserati V-6 engine of either 2.7 or 3.0 liters. Maybe coming along during the early energy crisis didn’t help. It also wasn’t cheap. The nail in the coffin was probably the bankruptcy of Citroën in 1974. New owner Peugeot wasn’t interested in carrying on with the SM, and the rest is history. This brown example was found in Tonawanda. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.