1972 Citroën Sport Maserati (SM)
Class/Category: European Late Model
First model delivered to West Coast, Disney Imagineering & Auto Media luminary Bob Gurr took delivery in 1972 after voting it Car of the Year & insisting no US trim added. Then marque experts Jerry & Sylvia Hathaway set Bonneville speed records in SM.
All star jury team assembled by MotorTrend included among other the Conference of Automotive Research Specialists (CARS) included racer Phil Hill, racer and automotive safety engineer Bill Milliken, automotive engineer/designer/reporter/author Karl Ludvigsen, automotive designer and Art Center design professor Strother McMinn, and MotorTrend EIC Eric Dahlquist along with Bob Gurr of Disney Imagineering’s Monorail and Autopia and John Lamm voted the SM winner of MotorTrend’s 1972 Car of the Year – making it the very first foreign marque to achieve the honor. Gurr eagerly ordered one for himself and when the dealer said it would be a few days while they got it ready, Gurr insisted none of the US trim package or moldings be added – leaving the sides clean like a European delivery. Jay Leno had Jerry convert his own SM to Euro delivery specification as well, after seeing it at Autobooks Aerobooks where Gurr was signing his Imagineering books. This SM is likely the most original example anywhere, with even the yellow factory assembly paint dots remaining in the engine bay. The Maserati aluminum 90degree with weber 4cam is under 3liters at 2.7liters for 1972.
Stewart Reed is a car designers designer, a living legacy with projects as varied as the Bugatti Type 64, Lockheed Martin JLTV trucks & Cunningham C7. His ability to effectively articulate concepts & solutions with creativity & clarity is unique. He understands concerns of the variety of those interested; CAD operator, engineer, enthusiast, accountant or CEO, decades have uniquely polished his lens, refining his insights with practical wisdom. Winning Fischer Body Craftsmans Guild & scholarships guided him to Art Center where, upon graduation he designed the SR for Meyers Manx, going on to decades with Chrysler, Toyota et al, complemented by roles such as Art Center instructor or board member until 2005's role as Chair of Transportation.