Unique Citroen Type H Camper needs a new owner to restore it

To a sure extent, the Citroen Type H produced between 1947 and 1981 was the ideological predecessor of contemporary European cargo vans. Developed after World War II, it had a unibody development, unbiased entrance suspension, and front-wheel drive, identical to many fashionable panel and passenger vans on the Old continent. In addition, it shared many elements, together with the engine and gearbox, with different Citroen fashions just like the Traction Avant and DS.

It’s most likely protected to say that with nearly 500,000 gross sales, the Type H was a industrial success for the French model, particularly within the early post-WWII years of financial recession throughout Europe. However, it’s very tough to discover a working instance of the mannequin on the market at present, and if we’re speaking a couple of Type H bodied outdoors the manufacturing unit, the search will get much more tough. That’s why the automobile from the gallery beneath is one very particular van that can be auctioned quickly.

This camper began its life as a motorized platform delivered by Citroen to the French coachbuilder Jean Barou. The project was commissioned by Mr. Charlin, the proprietor of a flourishing company in Lyon specialised within the provide of storage tools, who needed a versatile and sensible utility camper as an office on wheels with an identical trailer to haul his instruments and showcase them round France.

Jean Barou was most likely given all the liberty he needed in designing the van as there’s a little or no connection between the unique Type H and the rebodied camper van. The finish end result has a really seen affect from the American jet age design pattern with its massive chrome bumpers, grille, headlight surrounds, and wheel caps. The inside has a residing space geared up with a panoramic Plexiglass roof, in addition to facilities resembling a gasoline range, a fridge, a rest room space with a sink. The clear water was provided from a 100-liter tank.


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