Citroën SM appears on the banks of Lake St. Cassien

The lake of Saint-Cassien is a reservoir originating from the construction of a dam and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the South of France. Due west of Cannes and a 15 minute drive from Villa Terre d’Azur (in the Var department), it has has suffered a lot this past summer from drought, as evidenced by its particularly low level.

The result has revealed some forgotten and sometimes surprising wrecks, like this Citroën SM discovered a few meters from the old shore, as these photos taken by Terry Dubois show. (Terry thanks Chris and Sébastien for the discovery, though they don’t know where the car came from and how it got there.)

We know this much about the car; looking at the pics it was a green colour, probably had a gold fabric interior, and judging by the tread wear of the front tire on the car, had some serious miles on it.

Was this the result of a high-speed mishap (an SM under hot pursuit) of perhaps the owner hit the frustration limit trying to maintain the car and decided to do a Burt Reynolds flinging it into the water? (Watch the opening of the 1974 movie — The Longest Yard:

In this “found” condition we wonder if it could be a candidate for Peter Mullin of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA to purchase and show alongside the 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia currently displayed in the same condition as it was found in at the bottom of Lake Maggiore (on the Italian/Swiss border) in 2009.

1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia – “Lady of the Lake” – Mullin Automotive Museum.


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