Majorette Citroën SM

Introduced in 1971, this model went through three different baseplate castings during its eight year career:

1. No fog lamps, narrow rear axle cover (1971)

2. Fog lamps, narrow rear axle cover (1972-1973)

3. Fog lamps, wide rear axle cover (1974-1978)

The second and third types can be found either with or without the model number 250 cast, whereas the first type only exists without the number.

The rear axle cover was made wider to accommodate the narrower one-piece wheels which replaced the earlier, wider hubcap wheels in 1974. Therefore the one-piece wheels are always combined with the third baseplate casting type.

Models with the first baseplate casting come in many different body colors (estimated at more than fifty), with tan or ivory interiors, with or without black sections in the hubcaps, with or without red painted taillights, but always with colorless windows and almost always without any decoration. Examples decorated with racing numbers and/or stripes are very seldom seen.

Models with the second baseplate casting again come in many different body colors, but always with ivory interiors and without black sections in the hubcaps. They can be found with or without red painted taillights and with colorless or amber tinted windows. Most of them come decorated with racing numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8 and/or black stripes and/or some additional decals. Black stripe decals fitted diagonally always consist of two stripes and feature the Marchal lights logo. Black stripe decals fitted longitudinally do not feature a logo but may consist of either two or three stripes. Additional decals include Dunlop and Citroën logos as well as some decals normally found on other models.

Due to this large number of variables, the amount of variations of models with the first two baseplate types is nearly endless. Models with the third baseplate type have fewer, but still many variations. The number of different body colors is not as great, with only three colors, namely bronze, metallic green and metallic turquoise being relatively common and others being less common.

Models with the third baseplate type come with colorless, light or most commonly darker amber windows. As they always have ivory interiors, no red trim on the taillights and normally no decoration applied, the only other variable is the wheel type. Since the wheels on the front and rear axles were fitted at different stages during production (and the front wheels are wider than the rear wheels), combinations of different wheel types on the front and rear axles are quite common. All possible combinations of the three usual wheel types in use at the time - i.e. 5 spoke, 3 spoke and 3 point wheels - can be found, with 5 spoke wheels being generally less common than the other two.

Some examples of models with the third baseplate type and one-piece wheels have been found with decals applied which are normally associated with other models. It is not always certain that those decals were applied at the factory and that the models with those decals were sold at regular retail outlets. Some may have been applied privately from decal sheets stolen from the factory.

The Citroën SM is one of the Majorette models which were produced at the Inbrima factory in Brazil. As Majorette production there did not start before 1974, only examples with the third baseplate casting and one-piece wheels were made in Brazil. As usual, they feature plastic tabs saying "FAB ZF MANAUS" affixed to their baseplates, and they come in many different colors, although dark bronze with black doors seems to be more common than any other livery.

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