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Imperial War Museum Duxford


1955 Citroen H Van

Sold for £22,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 396 UYJ
Chassis No: 068945
MOT: Exempt

  • Converted into a drinks van by the vendor including a full bodywork restoration
  • Runs and drives but only the handbrake has been connected because the Citroen has been static when in use
  • A great business opportunity available at a fraction of its purchase and conversion cost

Introduced in 1947, the Citroen H Van was differentiated from most of its commercial competitors via the use of monocoque construction, all-round independent suspension and front wheel drive. Powered by a 1.9 litre four-cylinder engine allied to three-speed manual transmission (shared with the Traction Avant), the newcomer was capable of some 60mph. Though, most customers were more impressed by its flat floor and six-foot headroom. Bluff fronted and clad with corrugated steel panels, the Citroen proved instantly recognisable. Practical and durable, the H Van remained in production until 1981.

Acquired by the vendor in 2019 with the specific intention of converting it into a drinks van for his business, ‘396 UYJ’ was treated to a bare metal bodywork restoration. Photographically documented, work saw any corrosion cut out and panels either repaired or replaced as necessary. Predominantly used within the seller’s own grounds, the Citroen runs and drives but has not had its braking system fully reinstated (though, the handbrake works). Rated as ‘good’ (1.9 litre engine) or ‘very good’ (bodywork, paintwork, interior trim), the H Van has become surplus to requirements. Given the increased popularity of al fresco entertaining, this funky Citroen would look great outside a bar, restaurant or in a big enough garden!

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


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