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    1973 Citroen SM 3.0 Automatique. Here are a few clues. just to confuse you. The top speed of the Citroen SM 3.0 Automatique is 141.6 mph. From 0-50 takes 6.1 seconds. A standing quarter mile is covered in 15.0 seconds. Fortunately, the impressive figures don’t stop there. SM petrol consumption is, in fact, an astonishingly good 25.22 mpg DIN.

    Other cars that approach SM standards of performance and luxury have much, much greater thirsts.
    How do Citroen do it?

    The answer, in fact, primarily, is good aerodynamics. Citroen cars like the SM, the DS and the GS are arrow-head-shaped to create minimum wind resistance. So the Citroen SM achieves the same kind of performance from its 2670cc light alloy twin overhead camshaft V6 Maserati engine as other cars with 5’litres under the bonnet.

    The DS23 achieves an overall 26.4 mpg DIN and good figures are obtainable all through the range right down to the Dyane 6's frugal 46 mpg DIN.

    These are days of potential petrol drought and rising prices. But you'll be in good shape to face them with a Citroen. See your Citroen dealer, or post this coupon for our range brochure.
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    Citroen SM cemetery in USA 2014
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    1972 Citroen SM 3.0 IE - US spec

    A beautiful thing happened when Citroen teamed up with Maserati. You don't see many here yet. But those you see you notice. The Citroen SM 3.0 EFI is simply, a great car. Dramatic to look at. yet smooth for four to ride in and simple to drive as only an expensive car can be.

    For the SM unites Citroen engineering with Maserati power. The engine-now with Electronic Fuel Injection-is a V6 3.0 IE litre Maserati with four overhead cams. Top speed is now 144.6mph. 0-50mph takes only 6.0 seconds.

    Special Citroen features include front wheel drive. Hydropneumatic suspension, self-levelling lights and a unique system of power-assisted self-centring steering The SM has won the tough Rallye of Morocco, and the U.S. gave it their Car of the Year award. The SM 3.0 EFI costs £5.136.98 and your Citroen dealer has the full story. See him or write for brochure and list of agents to: Citroen Cars Ltd. Dept E4, Trading Estate. Slough SL14QA.
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    1989 Mercedes-Benz 420 SL £17,950. This late example of the R107 series is well presented, and packs a surprising punch. Ben Wanklyn tries it.

    There’s a few quaint creases inside, but there are no rips or tears to trouble a new owner.
    4.2-litre V8 has always been Mercedes dealer serviced, until recently.

    With the exception of the most recent full service, carried out on behalf of the vendor, this car’s service booklet carries a full complement of service stamps courtesy of its supplying dealer. With an odometer reading of 74,400 miles via three owners and excellent bodywork, this late- production 420 SL seems to have been very well cared for. Aside from a scratch to the nearside rear wing, and a chip on the rear of the passenger’s door, the Almandine Red paintwork is in good order and free from fading. This finish extends to the original factory-supplied hardtop, and the vendor has recently renewed the black soft-top.

    The car’s flanks are straight and dimple- free, including the ribbed pressings below the rubbing strips, while the heavy doors fit snugly into their apertures. The bootlid and bonnet also boast even gaps, while the front panels show no stonechip damage. Original-spec dark grey paint covers the sill panels, while the underside appears to be free from corrosion or past repairs, as are the lower rear quarter panels.

    The boot is bone dry, and the paint covering the boot floor and spare wheel well is unmarked, but a section of soundproofing is absent from the bonnet’s underside. All brightwork is correct, although the front grille surround and rear numberplate plinth are slightly tarnished, while there is a small dimple on the trim piece below the driver’s door window. The black rubber facings to the bumpers and rubbing strips, as well as all light lenses, have survived unscathed.

    A well-presented engine bay is set off by the externally clean engine block, topped off by a highly polished air filter box. Engine oil and coolant looks fresh. The 4196cc unit starts keenly and quickly warms up, before the needle of the temperature gauge settles just below its centre point. As a result, the heater is efficient. On the road the car feels lively. Flexing the long-travel accelerator pedal prompts vigorous acceleration while pushing the needle of the gauge marked ‘economy’ into its red zone.

    Smooth selection of Drive with the four- speed auto transmission is followed by slick changes, while the front wishbone and rear swing-axle suspension feels taut, with no knocks or rattles. Under braking, the 420 SL pulls up straight and with minimal fuss, while the brake fluid itself is clean. The power steering pump is leak-free, with no noises or juddering from lock-to-lock.
    The Pebble leather faces to the front seats are gently creased, but the hide is free from splits and tears. An occasional rear seat is fitted and the dashboard veneer is unmarked. However, there is light wear to the centre console near the handbrake lever.
    Considering its appealing mechanical specification and state of preservation, the asking price appears to be sensible.

    CHOOSE YOUR SL

    ► 350 SL is the first of the R107 series, introduced April 1971. W114 underpinnings but S-Class 3.5-litre V8, coupled to a rigid open-top body with removable hardtop. 350 SLC coupe, with fixed roof and seating for four, follows that autumn. USA gets 4.5-litre 450 SL and SLC variants from 1972, offered in other markets the following year.

    ► Fuel-injected straight-six for 1974 280 SL and SLC, 450 SLC 5.0 arrives in 1977; 241bhp from all-aluminium five-litre V8 produces 241bhp, alloy wheels and aluminium bonnet and bootlid.

    ► Interior revisions and four-speed auto from 1980, along with ABS and front spoiler. 350,450 & 450 5.0 models discontinued, with new 380 SL and SLC, plus 500 SL and SLC taking their place. SLC dropped in 1981, while SL given taller axle ratios and more fuel-efficient engines. Driver’s airbag the following year. 280 SL and 380 SL discontinued in 1985, in favour of the new straight-six 300 SL and V8 420 SL. Bosch electronic fuel injection fitted across the range.

    ► R107 production ceases in 1989, with 237,287 examples of all models built.

    SPECIFICATION
    Car 1989 Mercedes-Benz 420 SL
    Price £17,950
    Contact 01420 520635, charlesironside.co.uk
    Engine 4196cc OHC V8
    Power 218bhp @ 5200rpm
    Torque 243lb ft @ 3750rpm
    Performance
    Top speed: 133mph,
    0-60mph: 8.5sec
    Fuel consumption 18mpg
    Length 4389mm Width 1791mm

    INSURANCE £200
    COMPREHENSIVE. 5000 MILES PER YEAR, GARAGED CALL: 01277 206911
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