A black 1973 Citroën SM is going to be sold at the RM | Sotheby’s auction in Palm Beach, Florida, March 20 – 21, 2020. Part of the Belle Meade Collection, it is being offered without reserve.

Just 1% of the SM’s came originally in black. Unfortunately, this car is not one of them as it has an orange peel paint quality that, along with some flaking indicates that car was originally a gold “Or de Simiane” (AC326) colour.

The impressive engine bay appears to have been redone recently by a competent SM restoration specialist and should help in securing bids above $30K, but as the underside sills and the somewhat corroded odometer indicate (showing 2,765 miles – most likely 102,765 miles), this SM has definitely been driven.

Still, the overall condition of this US-spec version SM seems to be very good. There are no underside pics, but if the bottom is solid, then this SM could turn out to be a relative bargain for that someone wanting to look exclusive while enjoying the alluring driving experience only an SM affords.

The following colours were used on the SM:

(Above chart by courtesy of the SM Club de France.)

Percent of SMs manufactured by colour:

(The above information is from an article in an SM special issue of the monthly Swedish Citroën club magazine: Autogenial number 47, March 1988, by Olle Neckman, Inger Ljungdahl, and Hans Ehrich.)

The RM | Sotheby’s auction listing for the SM can be found here.

UPDATE – March 23, 2020: The SM sold for $29,700 US plus auction fee.