Citroen Relay transformed into retrotastic H Van

Published: 04 April 2017

► Six different classic-inspired versions
► Type H project celebrates 70th anniversary
► New kit made up of fibreglass body parts

Good news for surfer dudes, street food merchants and hipsters around the world: the Citroen H Van is reborn… sort of.

The new Type H van project is brought to you by designers Fabrizio Caselani and David Obendorfer. It uses Citroen’s current Transit-rivalling Relay van as a base, modified with a complete kit of fibreglass parts from Italian company FC Automobili. There are six different versions available, including beach-ready California and Type StreetFood for those with lofty goals of creating Michelin-star food on the go.

It’s exactly 70 years since the first H Vans went on sale and designers Caselani and Obendorfer say the new project is a tribute to the original 1947 design by Flaminio Bertoni.

Citroen Relay with the Type H project's parts

Thankfully the Relay underpinnings should mean that your modern-day interpretation is at least a little bit more reliable. It’s definitely more powerful, too, packing a 2.0-litre diesel with between 109bhp and 158bhp and a top speed of up to 102mph. As you’d expect from a modern diesel engine, it’s also much more economical; claimed economy of the original H Van could stoop as low as 13.7mpg, while the Relay-derived engine can hit a claimed 47.1mpg.

Just 70 will be made and orders open soon, so you might need to get in fast when they do.


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By Jake Groves

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