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French Maserati.

Few odd ball cars in the shop atm. We look after a few Maserati but I haven’t seen one of these.
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Yep.. escargot on pasta.... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you will need it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_SM
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Citroen SM with a Maser engine. Burt Reynolds drove one in the original The Longest Yard:
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Hi,

This is what we call in Europe a Citroen "SM" 1970 to 1975 (I do not believe that SM was meant to stand for Sadomasochist but if you're the owner of one of these cars you're not far away from this definition...)

The SM is almost of the same period as the Maserati Khamsin.

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I was the parts manager at a Houston dealer when we were selling these new. A way-cool car, but the engine maintenance was bank-breaking. As I recall, the timing chain had to be replaced on a very short interval, and required a lot of hours to do.

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15+ years ago I bought the GTV6 to drive daily. Just to prove that I could keep it going (all my own maintenance). 140K miles later and it now is a toy. the Milano followed and has gone 70K miles in my ownership.

Always thought the next step in proving my "mechanics manhood" would be an SM. Unfortunately (?) these have become too expensive for me ever to find out if I could keep one running as a daily.

Of course the ultimate challenge would be a Maserati BiTurbo. I don't think I have ever seen one of those in running shape. Plenty of disassembled heads though.

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I drove an SM once. I was the lot boy for a big Datsun dealer in Denver - we had rows of 240Z and new 280Z's. The eccentric owner bought the SM for his wife. (He wore a lot of diamonds and was later indicted for something) The Datsun mechanics in the garage were constantly fussing with it, trying to solve the hydraulics, etc. It was so fun the way it sat down when you shut it off. When you turned the wheels, it would rock to the side, like a self-centering, bank-into-corners feature. And it sounded good.

I just drove it around the lot and dropped at their house so that's my only experience. It was exotic to a 17 yr old kid! Then he bought a BMW 3.0CS and I got to drive that as well! WOOT! I loved that car!

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French Maserati

I did ask the boss if he was mentally ok. I hope our customers dont read this but we look after a few bi-turbos. That is a car you can just never 100 % fix lol
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These come up on Bring a Trailer periodically and there is lots of really good info about them in the comments.
You can put "citroen maserati" in the search box and pull up all sorts of info.

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if I remember well SM stood for "système Maserati"
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Believe it or not Citroen owned Maserati from the late 60’s to mid-70s

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I've lusted after a piano black version of this car.

Apparently I should be thankful that I've never found one in my price range.

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You're kidding, another one?! 1984 GTV6 Maratona
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You didn't...oh yes I did. '73 Berlina graduate course in rust repair. No thread yet, don't want to piss off the GTV

You didn't...oh yes I did II. Deposit down on another vehicle...stop the madness!!!
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