Built in December 1972 at Citroen’s Quai de Javel factory in Paris, the car was sent to New York and delivered to Nelson and Marie Romary of 523 E23rd St Patterson New Jersey by Lee Layton Foreign Cars, 400 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah New Jersey on April 5th 1973.
An elderly, respected businessman, Nelson drove the car sparingly and had it serviced in June 1974 (4172 miles) and September 1975 (5712 miles). In September 1976 the engine failed and the car was taken to Laytons where the head was removed and a cylinder liner was found to have cracked. A warranty claim was disputed and referred to Citroen for consideration during which time Nelson died and the matter was not resolved. Mrs Romary would not take the car back and it remained dry and covered in the back of Layton’s storage facility for many years according to a family member.
In the mid 1980s Laytons was sold to become a medical centre and the car was shipped back to Mrs Romary at the E23rd St home and stored in their heated garage under the house with the head still removed but otherwise complete and original. It remained there until 2009 when, following Mrs Romary’s death, the estate was settled and the car was sold via an agent in California to SM Australia where it arrived in July 2011.
Despite faded paint, rusted exhaust and the engine damage, the car was in mint condition – saved from inexperienced mechanics and incompetent drivers during its 35 year hibernation. The original tyres were still fitted and unworn as was everything in the car. The spare wheel had never been uncovered and the tool kit had never been opened.
The car was then subjected to a conservation restoration, being totally and gently stripped. Every part was examined, serviced and cleaned with new gaskets, seals, bearings etc faithfully reassembled. The carpet, leather and brightwork was like new, the engine was repaired including modified timing chain tensioners, valve modification and all recommended upgrades. The differential and auto transmission were overhauled along with carburetors, alternator, fuel and water pump reconditioning. The fuel tank was removed and cleaned, radiator and oil cooler cleaned and tested, a stainless steel exhaust fitted along with reconditioned hydraulic spheres, pump, accumulator and all hydraulic seals replaced. The steering rack, brake calipers and slave cylinders were resealed. All oil, water/heater hoses were replaced as well as all service items (filters, fluids etc). The electrical system was tested and all connections cleaned along with gauges and switches. A modern rotary air conditioning compressor was fitted to relive pressure on the timing chain and provide more effective cooling.
The body was stripped and repainted with the original Gris Nacre colour and the body reassembled including fitting headlight covers and new Michelin tyres. The car was reassembled to factory specification, tuned and test run. Car was bought from SM Australia and the owner, Peter McLeod, a well-known former racing driver, personally oversaw the delivery to my home. Prior to his death, the car was inspected by Andrew Brodie – the UK expert on Citroens – who described it as ‘incredible’.
The car is UK-registered and comes with its original purchase invoice, log book, brochure, and service documents and is considered to be the lowest mileage SM in existence. It is regularly started and carefully run in salt-free conditions.
THIS CAR IS LOCATED IN THE UK/ENGLAND and sold on behalf of our UK partner. Initial communication organised by us with direct contact to the owner/seller once serious interest is confirmed. We can assist with the transport.The small print in large – always happy to answer any questions you may have.All offers are, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, non-binding and subject to confirmation and to prior sale. All information given is based on the best knowledge and the seller’s information.The advertised €-price depends on the daily £-rate and therefore can vary, contract directly between buyer & the seller in £-Stirling at his conditions.