1972 Citroën SM

Gooding & Company goes online for Scottsdale 2021
Monday, 18 January - Friday, 22 January 2021
Sale Price
$100,000 - $200,000
Est. Range
22 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. SB5805. Copper. This lot consists of three distinct entities: Land Speed Racer Citroen SM s/n SB5805, 5th wheel modified SM tow vehicle s/n 00SD0414 and 2-axle trailer with Citroen air suspension trailer s/n CA895735. They all have Moon discs and are painted the same color.

Evaluation: Known as “The Rig” this assemblage is epic. It was built by Citroën SM specialists Jerry and Sylvia Hathaway to compete at Bonneville. The LSR SM has a twin turbocharged 3-litre V-6 with 48 IDA Weber carbs and set two Bonneville records at over 200 mph. The SM tow (truck) and trailer with Citroën hydropneumatic suspension were built later. Often shown, it comes with impedimenta including a coffee table built upon the record-setting V6. It’s hardly flawless, but who cares?

Bottom Line: This fantastic rig belongs in the Petersen Museum. It’s outside-the-box ingenuity at its most egregious, but also creative, imaginative and, in the case of the 200+mph SM, effective. I’m gratified it brought this much in a No Reserve auction where value was left completely up to the bidders’ enthusiasm.

by Rick Carey
4 February 2021
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