Citroën H van


07 March 2021  |  Transport, Culture

A Rare Discovery

A few weeks ago, an estate agent from Narbonne was chatting with a new client who was looking to put his house up for sale. The estate agent remarked on a couple of classic Citroën H vans at the property and the house owner said he worked with a company who sourced, sold and delivered H Vans all over the world. The estate agent mentioned he had a friend who used to have an old H van in old barn. That's how this story started.

A few days later, Citroën van specialist, arrived at the old barn and took a first glance at the classic 1971 Citroën HY van that had been resting, unmoved for 15 years.

Citroën H van
Citroën H interior

The Citroën H Van or HY is a panel van produced by 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. It has become a design-classic and original models in all condition are now highly sought after is a specialist of H vans in the south-west of France who always have a great range of vans available for sale.

Back to the story... The van in the old barn hadn't run for 15 years but had been stored in dry and good conditions. General structure of the van was very good, engine fully intact. Following some expert maintenance, a few hours later, the engine turned over and started for the first time since 2006. A trailer arrived and the van drove out of the barn to be taken away to be overhauled, serviced and rendered back into usable condition.

Citroën H van


A few weeks later and worked their magic into the long forgotten van from the old barn. The van is now available to collectors throughout the world for around €20,000. Details available here;

Citroën H van

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Hugh Atkins

Co-founder of Pure France. 20 years of visiting and photographing fabulous properties, meeting fascinating people and driving every main and back road in France.

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