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This website was built by Alan Evens after he started to restore his own H van. Allan passed away at 18:05 on 11th of August 2019 after losing his battle against Colon Cancer. A sad loss. He will be remember by many for his expert professionalism. 

Our thoughts are with his wife Natalie and two young children, Adam (8) and Sophie(7) at this time. He set up a University/scholarship fund to help his children get through University, if that is what they choose, if the information on this web site has been helpful to you and you wish to make a small contribution to that fund, then please click here.

If you need Citroen H van specialists, then Dragon Classics Workshop, are the Technicians behind the company of that famous Ford Pinto engine conversion used by the Wheeler Dealers team

The team are experts in the mechanics and bodywork for Citroen H vans. 

They can rebuild and supply everything from Wiper Motors to Rebuilt Gearboxes and engines.   

Dragon Classics Workshop,

Unit 2/3 Ty Mawr, Water street, 



LL22 7SW

Tel : +44 1745 823901

                                                                                    Citroen H Van History

Contrary to what you might read elsewhere the Citro├źn H Van was not designed as a simple Van,  it was the most advanced light commercial of it's day. While it may have the appearance of being a simple design, it is actually quite complex.   

It was initially conceived around 1943 as a light weight, high capacity front wheel driven van that was full of innovation. At a time when commercial vehicles, and indeed most saloon cars of the day, were built using a separate, heavy, cart sprung chassis and a bolt on body, the Type H was different. 

It was the first mass produced Van to utilise monocoque construction, where the body and chassis were designed as an integrated unit with all wheel, independent suspension by Torsion bars. Nothing else in the class was as light or so strong. Even the famous VW Transporter that was launched 4 years later was heavier with half the load capacity and built using a separate chassis. 

                               To continue reading more about the H vans History, click here HISTORY 

                               For Technical information, like how to rebuild the Brakes, click here TECHNICAL

                                         For Buyers Guide click here BUYERS GUIDE


This website is dedicated to helping enthusiasts restore their own van and provide help and information on parts, suppliers, etc like our new page on how to construct your own Catering Hatch.

It documents Citroen H van History,  Technical,  Buyers Guide,  Citroen H vans For Sale and Wanted, How to construct your own Catering HatchSuppliers that have H vans for sale, Spares suppliers, Restorers, Useful contacts, etc. 

                                                   CITROEN TYPE H, H VAN, HY or HZ?

On introduction in 1949 the Citroen H van had a designation of Citroen Type H. This was soon replaced by the designation Type HY and HZ. Most of the surviving vehicles are Type HY's and this is by far the more common name associated with the vehicle. We make no apology for referring to them as Citroen HY vans.



To continue reading more about the H vans History, click here HISTORY

To contact Dragon use the Contact Us page