Produced in almost half a million units between 1947 and 1981, the Citroën Type H van marked a real revolution in the field of commercial vehicles. Like the current transport models of the Double Chevron it was built on an automotive platform (in its case that of the iconic Traction Avant) with a forward-cantilevered engine-gearbox, high roof (you could stand inside and work without bending down), sliding side door and loading surface just 35 cm from the ground. Using a corrugated metal sheet to stiffen the structure (as in the famous Junkers Ju 52 aircraft), the Type H proposed a very particular look. There was a protruding front that was immediately baptized ‘nez de cochon’ (pig nose) and the square lines, enhanced by the wavy surfaces, emphasized the feeling of practicality and robustness.
The modern version of the Type H – launched on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary on the initiative of the designer David Obendorfer and the entrepreneur Fabrizio Caselani – uses a fiberglass kit for the transformation of a current generation Citroen Jumper that replicates, modernizing it, the appearance of the ‘nez de cochon’ of the past.
After numerous specimens placed on the market such as vans, minibuses, auto shops, advertising vehicles and even car transport wagons, the FC Automobili Cremonese company of Caselani now offers two interesting versions for free time, the one called Type HG Passenger Van – based on the Jumpy model and equipped a comfortable folding roof – and the Type H Motorhome, which is instead built on the chassis of the Jumper.
In this case, the FC Automobili price list foresees only the intervention on the front part of the Citroen series model (cost € 10,800 plus VAT) while the housing structure with its furniture can be requested and paid for – reports Caselani – in Rimor, Rapidò, Pla , Pössl, Pilote, Mobil, Laika, Knaus, Hymer, Hobby, Font Fandome, Dethleffs, Chausson, Challenger, Cartago, CI, Burtner and Adria.