"Ubiquitously hip. That’s the best way to describe Citroën’s retro light commercial in 2017, a mammoth seven decades since it first appeared on French roads. A capable workhorse after the end of World War II, it wasn’t "
Citroen H Van
The Citroën H Van was produced between 1947 and 1981. Amazingly perennial and instantly recognisable, 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in France and Belgium.
The engine, gear box and many smaller parts are well known from other Citroën models Head lights and speedometer were identical to the 2CV for a long time.
The distinctive corrugated body work was inspired by German Junkers Aircraft of the 1930s – the corrugated ‘ribs’ adding strength without the weight.
There’s something beautiful about its straight ahead utility, cobbled together as it was from the wreckage of French industry after the war – and something characterful and quirky that can only make you smile.
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