I had quite a lot of CXs, XMs and even a GSA. I love Citroëns, and the SM is deffo a favourite besides my CX Turbo Series1 steel bumper model (BTW: this type was only made between 85 and 86, during which approx. 3500 were built)
This suspension is still superior to coil springs or torsion bars. Top Gear actually provided the proof of the pudding by comparing a Citroen C6 to a BMW 5 series.
Especially on british roads hydropneumatic is the only reasonable choice ;D
On an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson tested the C6's Hydractive suspension by mounting a camera on it and driving it on the infield of a track while filming a horse race. Despite the bumps and potholes on the infield, the C6 managed to provide a comfortable ride and stable video coverage of the race while moving at 60 km/h (approx. 40 mph). At the same time, a BMW 5-series performed the same test, but its suspension could not keep the camera upright.
It's not the supension, it's the numpty car mechanics and technically overwhelmed garages who are the prob and reputation killers of the system.
I've made contact and will be doing some work for a Gordini nut, I'm keeping Tony upto speed on this.
Nice bloke but definately a bit mental. He was showing me some of his hoard yesterday and after some research I've noted he knows his stuff and is definately a fanatic about them. Even the French Gordini lads don't have some of this stuff that I've seen so far.
Black Widdas S.C. - Taking idiocy seriously since 1999.
fuckin wow mate ;D im out in bulgaria at the moment, the fella next door has had his for 31 years its shit ;D ive like these things for years, out here theres nothin like yours i can tell ya, well done , looks sweeeeet.........
I heard quite a thriving business came about reimporting Lada's into Russia from the UK and elsewhere in Europe once the curtain had came down. Must be true as I haven't seen one in years apart from the occasional Riva.
Mind you I havent seen a FSO Polenz for years either. That has nothing to do with being reimported into Poland, more the fact they tended to break-down about about 30 minutes after leaving the dealership and rust away to nothing about 5 minutes later. ;D
My Grandads neighbours had a Moskowich (?) back in the 70's.