Rooting in the Parts Bins – Again…

It’s always the way. You wait ages, then two incidences of Citroën SM’s tail lamp units crop up on the same week – on two vastly different cars.

Those SM tail lights again. Frua's Phantom Drophead. Image: onlycarsandcars
Those SM tail lights again. Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead by carrozzeria Frua. Image: onlycarsandcars

Firstly (as we saw earlier) on Maserati’s 1976 Kyalami, and now here on Frua’s 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI Drophead. Of course the common strand here is Frua themselves who plainly had a job lot of SM lens units knocking about. Regardless of the merits (or otherwise) of this vast open tourer’s aesthetics, it’s interesting to see how adaptable a humble lens unit such as this can be. I can’t help feeling I’ve seen the SM tail lamp elsewhere. Any thoughts?

Image via bentleyspotting
Image via bentleyspotting

You can read the full story of the Frua Phantom here.

Author: Eóin Doyle

Founding Editor. [Dis]content Provider.

11 thoughts on “Rooting in the Parts Bins – Again…”

  1. It’s the first time I see those SM lamps looking really small.
    And why are they running this car on one of these tiny motorcycle numberplates?

  2. Lamborghini Faena to make it a hat trick.

    Personally, I’ve never found the SM’s rear view its best point, though I’ve grown to be fond of it in time. The lights look bigger on the SM, because it tapers in so much at the back. That’s a great practical advantage when driving forwards. If the front wheelarches clear a gap, the rest will fit fine.

    1. Goddammit, the Benzes were reserved for another thread…

      THIS is what I was actually trying to post:

  3. Maserati Kyalami, Rolls Royce Phantom VI and Lamborghini Faena – they all were made by Pietro Frua. Maybe he simply had bought too many of those french tail – lights…

    1. The housings of both of mine are in a sad state but I guess that vacuum metalised plastic wasn’t really designed to last 40 years. Still, if I’d commissioned those Phantoms, I’d feel a bit short-changed.

    1. Yes, I believe it was completed latterly – following Pietro Frua’s death. I have to say neither the addition of doors or indeed the colour do it any favours. It would have been more interesting to do it as a saloon in my view. There’s elements of Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 from Thunderbirds about the cliff-face grille arrangement too, don’t you think?

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