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Lot 232: Citroen SM Prototype Coup�

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

Using Citr�en SM mechanical components, this unique prototype was created by the Italian Carrozzeria Frua in 1971 and first displayed at the Geneva Salon in March 1972. At that time Citro�n owned Maserati and this Frua-styled 'concept car' looks remarkably similar to the Maserati Khamsin. The latter was first seen as a prototype displayed by Carrozzeria Bertone at the 1972 Turin Auto Show, and debuted as a Maserati production model at the Paris Motor Show in 1973. A conventional front engine/rear-wheel-drive design, the Khamsin was powered by a V8 whereas the Citr�en SM employed front-wheel drive and a 90-degree Maserati V6 engine. The Frua-styled SM may owe its existence to proposals for a front-wheel-drive Maserati sports car, and although the Italian company would go on to use the Citr�en-inspired V6 engine it would be in the mid-engined Merak. Citr�en had bought Maserati in 1968, principally to acquire the latter's engine technology for its new top-of-the-range Gran Turismo coup�, and the Italian firm responded to the brief with remarkable speed with a four-cam 90-degree V6. Introduced in 1970, the SM (S�rie Maserati) combined Maserati's engine know-how with Citr�en's advanced chassis technology, featuring DS-style hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension, power-assisted all-round disc brakes, self-centring steering and steered headlamps. After some juggling of engine dimensions, a capacity of 2,670cc was settled on for a power output of 170bhp. Citr�en was the world leader in passenger car aerodynamics at the time, the SM's class-leading drag coefficient enabling it to reach 140mph, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever at that time. The model was prematurely axed in 1975 following Citr�en's acquisition by Peugeot. Following its debut at Geneva in '72, the Frua Citr�en SM was shown there again the following year and also at the International Motor Show in Barcelona, Spain. It then passed into private ownership in Spain before coming to the current owner in Italy in the late 1980s. Partially restored during 2011/2012, the Frua prototype displays a total of 41,946 kilometres (approximately 26,000 miles) on the odometer and is described as in generally good condition. Offered with Spanish registration papers, this unique car represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fascinating 'might have been' created by one of Italy's most talented automotive stylists, Pietro Frua and surely an entry ticket to some of the finest concours d'�l�gance events.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number232
Estimate€140000-€180000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating3
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number101
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2