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Top 10: The Citroen Conservatoire

Last week, PSA had some good news for fans of its classic models when the company announced that it’s set to open a heritage centre that’ll focus on Citroen, Peugeot and DS. With so many fascinating cars in its past, it’s about time the company committed to showing them off much more openly.

It helps that all three brands already have fabulous stashes of classics, including Peugeot’s museum at Sochaux and Citroen’s collection just outside Paris. While Peugeot’s museum has been covered many times in recent years, Citroen’s has received very little coverage. With 400 cars in the collection it’s hard picking favourites, but having paid a visit recently, we’ll do just that here – although it would have been easier to have run to a top 50 instead...

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Presidential SM

Few cars are as enigmatic as the Citroen SM, but when it comes to special-bodied models by independent coachbuilders, things get really fascinating. In 1971 the French president Georges Pompidou commissioned a pair of presidential SMs. Citroen came up with various proposals, including open and closed cars; in the event, a four-door drophead design was chosen. Even though the cars weighed almost two tons and were 5.6 metres long, the standard SM V6 engine was retained.



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