Citroen H Van 1957 – Restoration Project
This is great opportunity to buy a solid and mainly fully complete Citroen H Van from 1957. A real barn find (from an actual barn!) and ready for restoration.
The van hasn’t been on the road for many years and has been preserved well due to being stored in a barn for the long sleep. The wheels are freed up and the tyres are inflated and therefore the van moves well and was loaded easily enough for the journey to our restoration corner.
The colour is best described as citrus yellow – a lovely period colour. Obviously the van will require complete restoration and these old vans make wonderful conversions to a whole host of applications. I think mobile coffee shops and catering wagons are probably the favourites.
The engine is complete and everything appears to be in place. The wooden flooring in the rear looks to be very solid and the whole van is in surprisingly good shape when you consider the age of this Citroen.
The 2 seats are missing from the front and the exhaust down pipe was sadly knocked off during delivery to our storage unit.
We have taken a series of high resolution pictures of the H van and these can be viewed via the link below:
Here is a walk around video of the H van in our storage barn:
We are based in North Hampshire in Overton, this is a 10 minute drive from either the M3 motorway in Basingstoke or the A34 junction in Whitchurch. The van is stored in our indoor storage barn and can be viewed by arrangement.
We offer highly competitive nationwide delivery and can also consider a part exchange if this helps.
Here is a little more information about this iconic old van.
Citroën H Van
The Citroën H Van, Type H, H-Type or HY is a light truck (or delivery van) produced by the French car maker Citroën between 1947 and 1981. It was developed as a simple front wheel driven van after World War II. A total of 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in France and Belgium. Most of them were sold in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. They were not sold in the UK in right hand drive.
Citroen’s teams worked on 8 projects and only the last one was developed, giving it its name : “H”. Most Type H vans were sold as model HY. Other models include H (early versions), HX (lesser load capacity), HZ, and HW (greater load capacity). For a time they were also sold as model 1600. In France, this van is known as “Nez de Cochon” (“Pig Nose”). When used by the police, it was called “panier à salade” (“salad basket”).
The engine, gearbox and many smaller parts are shared with other Citroën models. The engine and gearbox are nearly identical to those in the Traction Avant and later the DS, only mounted with the engine in front of the gearbox. The headlights were identical to those of the 2CV, while speedometers were successively borrowed from the Traction Avant and the Ami 6.
The distinctive corrugated body work used throughout the period of production was inspired by German Junkers (Aircraft) starting from the First World War until the 1930s, the three engined Junkers Ju 52 being the last to use this construction. Henry Ford also adopted this construction for the Ford Tri-Motor passenger aircraft. The ribs added strength without adding weight, and required only simple, low cost press tools. The flat body panels were braced on the inside by ‘top hat’ box sections, at right angles to the ribs.
Vehicles left the Citroën factory with only three body styles: the standard enclosed van, a pick-up version, and a stripped-down body which went to non-Citroën coach-builders and formed the basis for the cattle-truck and other variants. The basic version had an overall length of 4.26m, but vehicles were also available in a LWB version with an overall length of 5.24m.
In September 1963 the earlier style rear window – a narrow vertical window with curved corners – was replaced with a square window the same height but wider, 45cm on each side. The bonnet was modified to give two additional rectangular air intakes at the lower edges, one for a heater, the other a dummy for symmetry.
In early 1964, the split windscreen used since 1947 was replaced with a single windscreen, while in late 1964 the chevrons on the radiator grille, previously narrow aluminum strips similar to those on the Traction Avant, were replaced with the shorter, pointed style of chevrons as used on most Citroen vehicles in the last decades of the twentieth century.
In November 1969 the small parking lights were discontinued, the front indicators were recessed into the wings, and the shape of the rear wings was changed from semi-circular to rectangular.
Rear hinged ‘Suicide’ cab doors were used until the end of production in 1981, except on vehicles manufactured for the Dutch market where conventionally hinged doors were available from 1968.