Short-lived Citroen SM celebrates 40th Annniversary

The Citroen GT was produced for five years between 1970 and 1975 and finished 3rd in the 1971 European Car of the Year awards before the French marquee hit financial difficulties and was bought by Peugeot.

Featuring a Maserati V6 engine, power steering and a top speed of 137mph, the Citroen SM won the Morocco Rally in 1971.

The SM featured a luxury interior and the front-wheel drive model boasted ‘magic carpet’ suspension, making it a popular car during its production run.

Forty years on, Citroen has once again launched a car designed to compete in motorsport events, but this time it is the DS3 supermini Racing edition.

Designed to compete in the World Rally Championships, the DS3 Racing has a limited production of 1000 units.

There is no Maserati engine this time, but the 1.6-litre THP 150 engine delivers 200hp and the car features precise steering and low ground clearance.

The DS3 will go on sale in the second half of 2010, and prices are yet to be confirmed.