- I simply cannot take my eyes of this beast

Citroën SM Michelin Proto: 300 HP ghost from the past

A custom widened body, tuned engine, and topping out at 285 km/h - the SM Michelin is one mean machine

1y ago

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If Sadomasochism is the giving or receiving of pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain; then I guess the Citroën SM finally lives up to its name in the one-off Michelin Proto. Because this beast - inflictor of pain, destroyer of worlds, mother of dragons - is the ultimate French road canon.

The body is based on the Rally version of the SM

The body is based on the Rally version of the SM

It was obviously forged in the fires of Mount Doom, but Citroën would have you believe it was created in 1973, in collaboration with Michelin, with the soul purpose of finding out exactly how much power could be unleashed on the powertrain of a frontwheel powered car.

The adaptive headlights were still a novelty in the early seventies, although I doubt they could keep up with the blistering speed of the Michelin Proto

The adaptive headlights were still a novelty in the early seventies, although I doubt they could keep up with the blistering speed of the Michelin Proto

And that is a lot. The tuned Maserati engine boosts out an incredible 300 hp, propelling this design icon to speeds that even by today's standards would have most of us wet our pants, or in the case of the SM: the timeless 70s brown velour upholstery.

Yes. Just YES.

Yes. Just YES.

Some say this particular SM has travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometers since it was unleashed from the womb of the "Special Studies" Team, and the data collected during its life has led to everything that has come out of the French automaker's factory ever since. All I know is: I want one now.

Photos: carakoom.com

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Comments (50)

  • Well there's my new favourite car in the whole goddamned world

      1 year ago
    • Legend has it there’s a single replica of this car too. So we can both have one, James!

        1 year ago
  • Oh wow, Michelin really went nuts in the past. I knew about their V8 Citroën DS "Mille-pattes" dedicated to the testing of truck tires, but it's the first time I hear about this SM.

      1 year ago
  • How the hell have I never heard about this before!?

    The SM is probably my favourite FWD car (Saab 9-3 Viggen and Lancia Theta 8.32 are also very high on my list) and now holy crap I want one. Like now.

      1 year ago
    • Same here, my life is complete now!

        1 year ago
    • Actually I’m considering swapping my Range Rover for a 9-3 Viggen, I want a more sporty car.

        1 year ago
  • That is a gorgeous car. Citroen dropped the ball when that stayed as a prototype.

      1 year ago
    • I guess they didn’t really drop it as it is so closely related to the standard SM and the rally version. But I’m with you the world would be a better place with a few more of these driving around in it!

        1 year ago
  • This car needs to be a character in a movie. It’s got more personality than many actors I’ve seen.

      1 year ago

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