While the majority of 125 classic cars featured at Gooding & Company’s auctions on January 18 & 19 in Scottsdale, AZ sold for well below their estimated values, one notable exception was a 1971 Citroën SM that went for slightly over the $80,000 – $100,000 estimate at $105,280 US.
One reason it commanded top dollar is that it was originally fitted with a rare factory electric sunroof by Henri Chapron Carrossier. According to an accompanying letter from Henri Chapron’s daughter, Noëlle, this is one of fewer than 10 examples so fitted. (Some 100 SM’s in North America were fitted with an optional electric sliding steel sunroof built by ASC).
This European-specification SM, with its desirable swivelling headlamps, was part of a fastidiously kept collection of European sports cars. But, since it is a European spec SM, it is missing the air-conditioning that could be optionally ordered there.
Another reason for the record US price is that was purchased from the Citroën experts at Garage Normandie in the Netherlands following reported restoration work by noted Citroën specialist Bart Kocken. The work included superb detailing of the engine compartment, as well as careful preservation of the interior.