Citroen SM art


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Citroen SM art print by Jochen Paesen.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



Matching the French beauty with the Italian engineering sounded as good idea back in the late 60`s. Well, it could be, but it was not. Just look at Citroen SM and remember its unfortunate fate, which started with the desire to create a sporty version of the now and then legendary Citroen DS. That car turned out to be among the most exceptional cars ever made by the French company. We kindly ask you to experience and admire the fastest FWD car of its time while it was and still is, stunningly beautiful machine.

This Citroen SM art is a love letter to aerodynamics


In 1968, Maserati was taken over by Citroen, so the latter got access to the proper engine of its future flagship car, the SM. It was a V6 with an unusual 90o angle between the cylinder banks. This engine was capable of 170 hp in its 2.7 L form or 180 for the 3.0 L engine. Not so big of an engine for a GT coupe of that era, but due to its excellent aerodynamics, Citroen SM was not just fast but also fuel-efficient. The factory stated max speed of 220 km/h can be overreached with reported 235 km/h. On top of this, rivals like Jensen Interceptor doubled the Citroen SM fuel consumption which was only 12,5 L/100 km. Unfortunately, the engine wasn’t known for its reliability, and many of them suffered from problems with the timing chain and ignition cassettes. If you want to own one of these, you should know that you`re going to need not just dedicated Citroen expert but also a Maserati engines specialist.


However, any suffering will pay off by making you close to one of the most technically advanced cars of its time. In addition to the tremendous hydro-pneumatic and self-levelling suspension, it debuted the self-centring Diravi steering system. The brake system, also hydraulic, was among the best of its time ensuring the shortest stopping distance for Citroen SM. The front drums were inboard for achieving better masses balance and cooled via large ducts underneath the car.

We are thankful to Robert Opron, Citroen`s chief designer for the styling of the SM where he blended the best of both Citroen and Maserati. His work tipped 0.26 drag coefficient, an index hard to beat even today. This is just one more reason why we are more than happy to share with you this beautiful Citroen SM art, beautifully created by Jochen Paesen and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

Jochen Paesen car art

Belgian born Jochen spent his youth in several countries. Having lived in Belgium, South Africa, France, England and The Netherlands, he currently resides in Germany. This constant change combined with his love for travel serves as continuous inspiration for his creativity.

As a Designer, art and photography are never far away and Jochen’s passion extends beyond his job into his spare time. He is interested in all things revolving around cars and motorsport.

Jochen’s artwork relies on the classic car design tools, pen, paper and marker. With this, he captures each subject in its essence to create pure, dreamy yet detailed drawings. His photography captures a moment in time, emitting energy, a love for detailing and portraying speed and adrenaline in a still image.
Jochen is both Interior Design Director and CMF Design Director for the automotive start-up NIO. Under his lead, the teams have designed the EP9, EVE Concept Car and ES8 production car. Prior to this Jochen was Head of Interior Design for BMWi. During his time at BMW and BMW M he worked as Interior Design Project Leader for the new 7-series (G11/12) and M4GTS. As a designer he has worked on the 6-series (F12/13) and was the lead designer of the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept (Concept Car of the year 2009) amongst other projects. Before joining BMW, Jochen worked for Volkswagen where he designed the interior of the Volkswagen Amarok.


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Additional information


Small – 16 x 20 inches | 40 x 50 cm, Medium – 20 x 28 inches | 50 x 70 cm, Large – 28 x 40 inches | 70 x 100 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

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