Citroën “SM” – 1973
The Type A, the first Citroën car, was introduced in 1919, when, at the end of the war, the great French entrepreneur converted his activity from the production of bullets to cars. Citroën learnt in the United States the more advanced method of production and was also able to take advantage better than others from the most daring and sensational advertising: of historical importance are the famous Cruises made by tracked vehicles of his own production and the famous Citroën script composed of 280,000 electrical lamps that lighted up the Eiffel Tower on July 4, 1925. In 1934 Michelin took over the firm. 1934 Traction Avant, 1948 2 CV, and 1955 DS 19 have been the most important cars that wrote the history of Citroën. In 1968 Citroën assumed the management of Maserati.
The SM model was the first product coming from the cooperation between Citroën and Maserati: indeed, the 6-cylinder engine fitted to the new model was designed by the engineer Giulio Alfieri, the Maserati technical manager, and entirely built at the Modena plants. The SM was extremely advanced and some of its specifications are still so nowadays as the headlights connected to the steering-wheel to follow the bend radius or the steering- wheel hardening variable depending on the car speed.