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The Citroen H Van was designed and manufactured in France from 1948 to 1981.
The first front wheel drive purpose build utility vehicle, powered by Citroen’s 11CV 1930s 1.9L petrol engine, with a top speed of 55mph. Quite a feat at the time!
The Citroen H van is famous as the original “broom wagon” for the Tour de France, but these days you will more than likely see these lovely vans kitted out for the catering business.
Simon has owned this H Van for over 8 years, and is a real fan of these quintessentially French vehicles.
Unlike most of the examples on the road today, Simon actually converted his H into a camper van, and has been on many a memorable tour with it. The H is ready to be driven away on it’s next adventure, or the conversion to a camper van has been very sympathetic and so removal of the interior won’t be a big job for a skilled workman.
Having owned and enjoyed the H Van for many years, Simon has not been using it enough for his liking as of late, and so is looking for a new custodian to take on ownership of her.
Simon tells us that the bodywork is in good condition, with some expected surface rust on some of the panels which will be photographed and included in the listing.
The car has passed its MOT year after year and so from a structural bodywork perspective, Simon tells us the H is good.
The grey paint looks good from the photographs provided, there are some surface rust areas that are expected to appear on some of the panels of the car, and these have been included in the photographs supplied.
Glass and Trim
The H Van has the correct style sliding windows installed, and they are all working as expected.
This H Van has a lovely 1950s style campervan interior in the rear, which make it look like a lovely place to spend time in. Simon is quite the creative, and his style is refelcted in the way it has been trimmed throughout.
Seats and Carpets
The front tan leatherette seats are in very good condition, and the rear campervan interior is also good. No carpets in this one being a H Van, just some rubber matting in the front.
The gauges all look to be in original condition and Simon confirms they all work correctly.
The H Van has an MOT until November 2018, and is taxed for the road. Simon has been maintaining the vehicle to a high standard as mentioned further below.
Engine and Gearbox
This H Van is fitted with the correct engine, many have been swapped out over the years, but it still pulls strong and goes in to all 3 gears.
Suspension and Brakes
Simon has confirmed that everything works as it should, with the H braking well for a vehicle of its age.
In Simon’s words “Drives well, have to build speed to climb hills, but is slow but steady“.
Electrics and Other
Simon has kept maintenance to a high standard, and the H Van has full service history since 2008. The H has been serviced twice yearly in Simon’s stewardship and there are parts receipts etc to show the work.
The H Van is reading just over 22,600 km, although this mileage cant be verified as accurate from new.
HPi Check Results
– A full HPi check is in progress, however Simon has confirmed there is no previously recorded accident history or outstanding finance.
These vans have really risen in popularity over the past years, there won’t be many festivals or markets you go to where you won’t see one being used to serve some artisan coffee and sandwiches.
It’s a testament to the build and very practical and simple design of these vans that they are still being used with vigour today.
This particular example has been owned and loved by a real enthusiast, and having been serviced regularly is ready to be driven away and enjoyed today. Simons sympathetic modification of the van into a “campervan” mean that converting in to a commercial catering vehicle, as is the trend, should be a trouble free job and so a working version would be a great investment opportunity to get a new venture started.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Simon (owner and seller of the vehicle).
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Simon will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.