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Jochen Paesen

Citroen SM

Citroen SM

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In the late '60s, the idea of combining French elegance with Italian engineering seemed promising. However, the reality was not as ideal as anticipated. The Citroen SM project began with the ambition to create a sporty version of the iconic Citroen DS, resulting in one of the most exceptional cars from the French company and the fastest front-wheel-drive car of its time.

This Citroen SM art is a love letter to aerodynamics

Citroen SM 70s photo collage of Citroen SM print ads

In 1968, Citroen acquired Maserati, granting the French access to the impressive engine for their future flagship car, the SM. The V6 engine featured an unusual 90-degree angle between the cylinder banks and came in a 2.7 L form producing 170 hp or a 3.0 L version with 180 hp. While not a large engine for a GT coupe of that era, the Citroen SM's exceptional aerodynamics also made it fuel-efficient. Despite its modest size, the car could reach a reported top speed of 235 km/h, surpassing its rivals like the Jensen Interceptor that consumed twice as much fuel at 12.5 L/100 km. However, the engine earned a reputation for reliability issues, particularly with the timing chain and ignition cassettes. Prospective Citroen SM owners need both a dedicated Citroen expert and a Maserati engine specialist.

Citroen SM photo collage of SM in the Alps and 4-door SM Cabriolet with the french president Georges Pompidou

Nevertheless, the ownership experience of one of the most technologically advanced cars of its time is considered worth the effort. In addition to the impressive hydro-pneumatic and self-leveling suspension, the Citroen SM introduced the self-centering Diravi steering system. The hydraulic brake system was among the best of its time, ensuring the shortest stopping distances. The front drums were inboard for better mass balance and cooling via large ducts underneath the car.

Much credit goes to Robert Opron, Citroen's chief designer, for blending the best of Citroen and Maserati and styling the SM. His work achieved a remarkable 0.26 drag coefficient, a figure challenging to beat even by today's standards. This is one of the reasons why we are delighted to feature this beautiful Citroen SM print in our car art collection, created by the talented artist Jochen Paesen.


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Jochen Paesen

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 the Head of Interior Design for KIA. Prior to this Jochen was Director of Deisign for NIO, 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. 

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    Fine art prints are made on Hahnemühle German Etching - a white, 100% α-cellulose paper for archival standards. The mould-made etching paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matt inkjet coating German Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.

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Shipping times depend on your location and the shipping method chosen during checkout.

Standard shipping within the EU usually takes 3-7 business days, while air shipping may take longer, up to 10 work days.

Since our prints are made on-demand, production times can vary. On average, it takes about 2-3 business days for production.

What materials are used?

We use high-quality materials to ensure the best possible results.

For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

Poster prints are typically printed on durable, 180 gsm heavyweight paper with a slight satin finish.

What sizes are available?

Our art prints come in various sizes to accommodate different needs and display options. 

Popular sizes include 20x14 inches, 28x20 inches, and 40x28 inches. 

These prints tend to be on the larger side and are compatible with most ready-to-use frames.

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We provide a 60-day, no-questions-asked return policy for all print products, unless otherwise specified on the item. To be eligible for an exchange or refund, the products must be in the same condition as when they were received.

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