Born in Coventry, once the heart of the British motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage and sporting machinery. A trained mechanical engineer and a long-term owner of both the MX-5 and rotary Mazdas, he has had a strong connection with Mazda products for well over a decade.Married to Miho, and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), Brian now lives just outside Tokyo, and spends much of his free time with Thoroughbred horses. He has had more than 70 books published, including many works on Japanese marques.Philippe Claverol is a French enthusiast, currently residing in Paris. As a Citroen executive, having been President of Citroen Japan and Citroen Czechoslovakia, Philippe naturally has strong links with the factory, but his love of the automobile spurred him on to undertake this project - his first book - in his spare time.
This technically intense history is [...] thorough.- Motor Sport. A reprint of a hard-cover book first published in 2006, this is nevertheless essential reading, not just for fans of Citreon's glorious but flawed and ultimately doomed flagship, but all key big Citroens since 1919, from the earliest Type A to the most recent C6. However, the core content focuses on the SM, kicking off with sketches of early design proposals and an insight into the prototype mule, a chopped-down two-door DS packing Maserati firepower. Best of all, though, are the various literature reproductions, including the original 47-page press booklet and a huge number of press adverts and photos. - Classic Car Weekly. There were times when Citroen was another truly exceptional constructor and presented gems like the DS, GS and the SM. A stark contrast to the anonymous production they bring now, but that is unfortunately true for every contemporary constructor. As a true spirit last noticed: who will turn around for a Mercedes or a BMW within 25 or 30 years ... This SM edition belongs to Veloce's Classic Reprint Series and deserves its well-written and grilled content a reserved place in the bookcase: we just love it! - Old-timer Magazine/ Dreamcar Magazine. Veloce recently reissued the seminal celebration of the Citroen SM penned by celebrated automotive journalists Brian Long and Citroen expert Philippe Claverol. Their 224 page hardcover offers a comprehensive history of the limited production SMs development, from the DS based prototypes through the special build and completion variants, to the last examples of 1975.The book is clear, well written text is in English, although much of the fascinating, rarely seen archival Citroen documentation included in the books 270 colour and back and white illustrations is understandably French. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the importance of the SM, or of this fine title. - Hemmings Sport & Exotic Car.