When we discussed the various types of the Citroën SM in an article back in February of 2019, we mentioned the special bodied variations of Henri Chapron and that in 1971, Heuliez produced two examples of a pillarless targa roof coupé called the SM Espace. We stated that unlike the factory SM, the rear quarter windows could retract into the bodywork but that was the extent of our description of Heuliez’s effort.
We are pleased to report that Hagerty has provided more information about the Espace in an excellent article by Simon Hucknall titled “Why Citroen’s radical T-Top Espace never took flight”.
In it, Hucknall discloses that the idea for the Espace came about in 1971 when Robert Opron visited Heuliez and had lunch with Yves Dubernard, who had just joined the coachbuilder that day.
He goes on to describe the complexity of the Espace’s “slatted T-roof” and how both of the Espace concepts impressed crowds at shows in Europe.
The other distinguishing features of the Espace are also pointed out; horizontal louvers over the rear window, polished aluminum wheel covers, rectangular exhaust tips and a much different interior than production SMs.
Hucknall also reveals an interesting North American historical tidbit to the Espace. In 1978, one was shipped to Chicago for a meeting with coachbuilder and Cadillac converter, Earle Moloney.
Read the full article here: