The most majestic French failure ever

What is it with the French and their magnificent market failures? This is the Citroën SM Opéra, a galactic market failure which makes galactic market failures like the Renault Avantime (total made: 8,557) look positively submicroscopic. For this, to be specific, is one of the eight Citroën SM Opéras ever made. » 6/24/11 10:30am 6/24/11 10:30am

Before Cadillac One There Was The Citroën One

Don’t you just hate the French sometimes? To top all those ludicrous meals and silk scarves, their presidents used to ride in a drop-top Citroën SM. » 9/27/10 12:00pm 9/27/10 12:00pm

Alex Roy Buys A Citroën SM, We Drool Over The Video

Transcontinental hooligan Alex Roy just bought a mint Citroën SM and blogged about it. The video contains footage of the suspension being magical and such. We do not own an SM. We feel sad. » 4/16/10 2:00pm 4/16/10 2:00pm

Citroën SM: The History Of The 140-mph French Supersled

Aaron Severson, editor of Ate Up With Motor, explains what happens when a bunch of tech-mad Frenchmen buy an Italian supercar factory and drink too much at lunch. This is the history of the space-age Citroën SM. —Ed. » 4/13/10 12:00pm 4/13/10 12:00pm

The Case for a Contemporary Citroën SM

The Art Deco love child of Citroën and Maserati is long gone, dead and buried like its contemporary the Concorde. But have we really lost the need for a grand tourer with speed and style in spades? » 11/09/09 10:30am 11/09/09 10:30am

How To Change Your Oil (the French Maid TV Way)

What better way to reintroduce the modern motorist to the joys of vehicular self-maintenance than with well-endowed women with fake French accents showing how to change the oil on a Citroën SM? NSFW » 11/03/09 12:30pm 11/03/09 12:30pm

PCH, No Escape From The SM Edition: One Citroen SM or Two Lancia…

Welcome to Project Car Hell » 10/07/08 5:20pm 10/07/08 5:20pm, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Last time around, 64% of you opted for an eternity in the trunk of Coyote Shivers' 1984 Volvo DL rather than having your bodices ripped by Fabio's Lancia, according to the . But enough with…

Partially Restored Citroen SM For 10 Grand: Nice Price Or Crack Pipe?

92% of you went with the "Crack Pipe" choice in yesterday's Nice Price Or Crack Pipe poll, but we think today's car might produce somewhat less lopsided results. We've found a 1973 Citroën SM- a car that always wins a Project Car Hell challenge- with fresh paint, a bunch of new parts... and some very intimidating… » 8/15/08 6:00pm 8/15/08 6:00pm

Even A Hydropneumatic Suspension Couldn't Hold All These Vintage…

Finding the Peugeot 403 brochure was nice, but we need a total overdose of vintage French car brochures! Fortunately, Mort555 came to the rescue, by sending us a tip about this Dutch site with dozens of beautifully scanned Citroën brochures from the 1950s through the 1980s. France, Spain, Finland, Germany, Italy- if… » 7/30/08 4:00pm 7/30/08 4:00pm

Porn Valley Citroen SM Drives To The Strip Mall Like Any Other Car!

When you spot a Citroën SM parked in front of a Starbucks in the San Fernando Valley (also known as the Pornography Capitol Of The Universe) and it's nighttime, what do you do? I'd set a huge gas-soaked tire fire on the pavement to provide enough light for photography, but LateralGPhotography had the gear and the… » 7/09/08 3:45pm 7/09/08 3:45pm

Oslo Traction-Avant... Or Denver SM?

After seeing some old Citröens down on the Oslo street yesterday, Denver's Kitt ran right out and shot a Citröen in her neighborhood. And not just a garden-variety DS or 2CV- this here is a genuine JFG-worthy SM! Looks like this one may be paying one of its all-too-common visits to the shop, but it's still alive and… » 5/08/08 4:00pm 5/08/08 4:00pm

March Madness Narrowed To Sweet 16, Round 2 Of Voting Today

Well here we are, Round 2 of Jalopnik-style madness. After the first round of voting, we've eliminated half of the 32-car field. And there sure were some upsets; Parnelli Jones' Big Oly Bronco losing to some white Italian car being perhaps the most shocking. We even had a last minute buzzer-beater, with "Billy"… » 3/28/08 1:00pm 3/28/08 1:00pm

March Madness Begins, First Round Of Voting

Yesterday, we gave you the brackets. Today, the voting begins and Jalopnik-style March Madness ensues. If you haven't finalized your own bracket for the office pool just yet, hurry up! The field of 32 cars from the original 1974 film Gone In 60 Seconds is about to get narrowed down by your votes. At the end this… » 3/27/08 1:00pm 3/27/08 1:00pm

March Madness, Jalopnik Style

Interested in all the March madness tournament bracketry, but not really into college hoops? Maybe you're looking for a way to redeem yourself after penciling-in Duke to go all the way? Whatever the case, we've decided to throw our own Jalopnik-style bracket-madness party! Instead of basketball, we've got cars! And… » 3/26/08 1:30pm 3/26/08 1:30pm

Citroen SM Engine Removal? No Problem!

By the time this video was shot, Parts I through XXXVII of Citröen SM Engine Removal Hell had already taken place, and we're just going to see the glorious final act. Note that the entire front body has been removed, and it's obvious that getting that Maserati V6 out is still not gonna be easy. Yet, after much work...… » 3/05/08 11:45am 3/05/08 11:45am

PCH, Force de Frappe Edition: Simca 1000 GLS or Two Citroen SMs?

Well, the Jeep FC-150 obliterated the Spanish 2CV in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll, no doubt because even an Hecho en España label doesn't add enough weight on either side of the Cool/Hell scale when you're looking at a 2CV. However, we shouldn't start to thinking that France isn't a PCH superpower just… » 1/31/08 5:00pm 1/31/08 5:00pm

So You Want To Buy A Citroen SM...

Ah yes. I can see it now. You and your significant other makes plans with another couple to scamper up the coast for some wine tasting north of Santa Barbara. You book rooms at the fabulous Madonna Inn and the eye-popping tour IV at Hearst Castle. Hell, you even managed to swing reservations at the Hitching Post. But… » 1/25/08 2:00pm 1/25/08 2:00pm

Project Car Hell: Jaguar XK-E or Citroen SM?

After presenting our readers with the soul-wrenching choice between two V12 Jaguars in last Friday's PCH (which, by the way, had the '87 beating the '76 by a comfortable margin in your poll vote), you'd think we'd take a break from British steel for a while. But, see, that isn't how Hell works- in Hell, the only way… » 9/10/07 5:00pm 9/10/07 5:00pm

Citroën Blueprint Drawings!

Now here's a place where a dork could get lost for hours. It's a goldmine of blueprint-type drawings of all manner of vehicles. We're especially crushed out on the Citroën section, which features everything from the fabulous FAF Break to the saintly SM. Our inner Franco-dweeb is twitching right now; our irises are… » 7/11/07 7:30pm 7/11/07 7:30pm

Citroen SM

Sometimes we propose a car for our Fantasy Garage because of its overwhelming, world-scorching performance. Other times a car gets the nod on the strength of its engine. Or historical significance. Or fond teenage memories. Or maybe just because it is so damn pretty. And in the case of last week's Ford GT, all of the… » 5/29/07 12:30pm 5/29/07 12:30pm