Lot 115 - 1966 Citroën H-Van
|Odometer reading||52,009 miles|
|Result||Sold - £14,586|
- Audi 80 running gear conversion
- Restored and upgraded – a perfect commercial project
The Citroën H Van is a light truck (or delivery van), produced between 1947 and 1981, that was developed as a simple front-wheel drive van after World War II. A total of 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in both France and Belgium but were not sold in the UK in right hand drive. The engine, gearbox and many smaller parts are well known from other Citroën models. Whilst the headlights and speedometer were identical to the 2CV for many years. The distinctive corrugated bodywork was inspired by the German Junkers (aircraft) of the 1930s; namely the three-engined Junkers Ju52 being the last to use this construction. The ribs added strength without adding weight, requiring 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. Rear-hinged 'suicide' cab doors were used until the end of production in 1981.
Presented in light blue, this 1966 H-Van has been cosmetically restored and converted into a mobile beauty salon. Due to the owner wanting a more reliable and comfortable drive, at the time of conversion, she commissioned further work to utilise full Audi 80 running gear. After purchasing a one-owner Audi, the H-Van was transformed into a more reliable, automatic example, that is now more capable of keeping up with modern traffic and delivering the van to its destination in far more comfort.
The interior has been lavished with a no expense spared philosophy. This included high quality fittings, combined with three phase power, and plenty of light, from a rear window which replaces the original opening. A perfect blank canvas but with a huge amount of practicality for a H-Van. This list is endless as to what one could trade out of it as but it could be a coffee van, pet grooming, mobile beauty parlour etc. The options are endless for what could be a great little event business for all those entrepreneurs out there.