You might know Citroen H Van. If you haven’t seen one rumbling around on the road, you’ve probably seen one that’s been converted into a falafel or vegan burger stall. It was in production between 1947 and 1981 and now they’re all a bit old. The ones that didn’t rot away before retro appeal set in will now need meticulous maintenance. And are likely being ferociously clung onto by their loyal owners.
There’s a solution, and you’ve got Italian company FC Automobili to think. It’s a modern-day H Van, one that is essentially a bunch of fiberglass panels which are built onto the underparts of Citroen’s current Transit-sized hauler, the Relay. So a nice modern van with an economical diesel engine and some semblance of safety equipment.
Fabrizio Caselani and David Obendorfer who is behind this revival, the latter having past form in modern-day retro vans. He designed this excellent VW T1 Revival we craved last year.
Just 70 of these H Van celebrations will be made, marking 70 years since Citroen’s van first entered production. There’s no price yet, though while initial vans will be made in the FC Automobili factory, further down the line you might be able to buy a kit to bolt to your own Relay.