In a field of formidable opponents that included two cars each from Britain, France, Germany and Italy: four of Latin influence, therefore, and four of northern-European background, Classic Cars chose the SM as the best of the lot. The cars tested were:

  • Jensen Interceptor
  • Jaguar XJ12C
  • Citroën SM
  • Peugeot 504 Coupé
  • BMW 3.0 CSi
  • Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
  • Fiat 130
  • Lancia Gamma

John Simister, the reviewer and author of the article, summed it up this way;

When I drive the Citroën, I realise what an other-worldly feat of engineering it is and how well it works. It’s quick, it sounds great, it rides beautifully and it handles in a way that’s barely believable, thanks in large part to that prescient steering. Far from being a reason to be scared off, it is one of the main reasons to have an SM. And that’s even before we discuss the looks, other-worldly like the engineering, and the sci-fi interior.”

Much in tune with what we’ve been saying for years, isn’t it?

Read the full article here: https://www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk/archived-articles/big-test-grandest-tourers?utm_source=clc_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=clc_singles&utm_content=newsletter

(Notice that the Lancia Gamma has tail lights lifted from the SM!)