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CITROËN SM "ESPACE" BY HEULIEZ - 1971
ModelSM Espace Body Type T-roof Price SOLD
Make 1971 Color Blue
Year 1971 Interior Cognac
Specific description Only 1 Citroën SM “Espace” have been produced by coachbuilder Heuliez in France. This car was shown on the Salon de Paris in October 1971. It is a very elegant compromise between a Coupe and a Cabriolet. The car is fitted with a roof which folds away in two sections. Each side of the sunroof is made of several panels, which disappear into a compartment, in the central beam. The whole mechanism is powered electrically, with each side working separately. The car received an enthusiastic response from the public. The SM Espace filled the pages of all magazines such as: Auto-Journal, l ’Automobile Magazine, Action Automobile, etc. The same car was shown at the Brussels Motor Show some months later. The SM Espace was displayed again at Rétromobile in Paris in February 2005. It is powered with the 6 cylinder Maserati engine of 2700cc.

Model description In 1961, Citroën began work on 'Project S' — a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati's high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. It went on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars were all left-hand-drive, although RHD conversions were done in the UK and Australia. The origin of the model name 'SM' is not completely clear. The 'S' may derive from the Project 'S' designation, the aim of which was to produce what is essentially a sports variant of the Citroën DS, and the 'M' perhaps refers to Maserati, hence SM is often assumed to stand for "Systeme Maserati" or "Sports Maserati". Another common alternative is Série Maserati, but others have suggested it is short for 'Sa Majesté' (Her Majesty in French), which aligns with the common DS model's nickname 'La déesse' (The Goddess).
(Source: Wikipedia)
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