In our desire to acquire the best possible Citroen HY and HZ vans, H VAN WORLD has a specialist team based near Antibes in the
South of France. Generally speaking, the further south one travels in France, the more rust free the van that you can find. But they are
never easy to locate! France is a vast country, and we generally find our vans in the most remote places. Each one has to then be
transported back to the UK and examined in detail before being offered for sale. Despite our expertise and selection process however,
you must remember that every H van is over 30 years old, and some are as mature as 60! So, even we can’t guarantee a vehicle of
that age, but you can at least rely on our extensive knowledge to avoid the worst pitfalls. We try to stock a complete selection of vans
from restoration projects to the most immaculate vans, and ranging in age from the 1950’s to the final production in 1981.We always try
to keep a varied stock, including varying lengths, heights and body styles. If we do not currently have what you are after, ask us to
locate it for you. If anyone can, H VAN WORLD can!
Petrol and Diesel
We are learning, which is good for you, but usually costs us plenty! It has taken some time for it to sink in, for we are not as young as we were...but, it is now clear that every catering conversion is different. Maybe only in a small way, or maybe in a big way, but all of you, understandably, want your H van tailored exactly to your needs. So, us trying to do a 'standard' fit out, does not make sense. We've learnt - we've stopped!
This is the clever bit. We have purchased a number of really good, sound Citroen H vans, which we are restoring bodily and mechanically and fitting opening side hatches (these were never fitted by Citroen in period).
So, if you want a catering van, we have a good sound van waiting for you to decide it's colour and interior - or take it away and fit it out yourself.
Simple? We think so!
A really lovely, straight van that we have restored and repainted from a van that we bought back from France this summer. Painted original Citroen EDF blue and white inside the 'cargo' area.
Unusual to find a straight, unmolested van these days, but this one is exceptional. Newly fitted with immobiliser.
UK registered and MOT tested - drive it away, or let us get it converted for catering for you. We export all over the world. Ring to discuss your requirements.
These pictures do not do this van justice. The structure is very sound but it has been dry stored for 10 years so looks a little sad at the moment! It certainly wont when we have finished with it! This van has covered just 78,000 Km from new, approximately 50,000 miles only. It appears to have belonged to one owner from new and is a very desirable body configuration as it is standard length but high top, so excellent for anyone over 6ft tall - or anyone who needs high level shelves.
We will supply this van updated, restored, repainted, fitted with new seats and MOT tested for a meagre £16870. As usual with our vans, there is no VAT to add! We may supply 'as is' or totally fitted out for your catering venture. Very unusual in this sound condition.
Owned by father and son from new, this little beauty has just come back from the far south of France. The van was currently in use in France with new CT (French MOT) and tears were shed as we took it away.
This is a really sound van which is considerably better than it currently looks! Why do the French touch up paint with a wallpaper brush and totally different colour paint? Still, it will be superb when repainted in your livery - just imagine it!
Unusually, the van still has its original handbook and a number of repair invoices.We will supply this low mileage very sound van with new MOT and paint for just £16,300. Alternatively, we can covert it internally and supply it ready to start trading.
Don't confuse this with a rebuilt wreck!
A lovely sound, early split screen van that has only had one owner from new! Original Carte Gris (French log book) plus original service record book.
This gorgeous 'splitty' in its original AC109 Gris Metallise paint, had been laid up inside a cosy barn for many years, so the engine has gone tight, but we have removed the cylinder head for inspection. These early engines are so simple to rebuild that you can do it yourself (or phone a friend!).
Available as it is for £7700, or running and with new MOT for £14,470.
We are often asked if we have any basic vans for the customer to build up themselves, sometimes for static use in shopping centres for example. So, we bought this one for those people who want a cheap but sound van, and we have fitted a side opening catering hatch to it. But that is as far as we have gone. It needs tidying, painting and whatever mechanical work is required, but it represents a cheap start if you are on a tight start up budget. £4995 as it is; no offers please.
Petrol One Owner Now, this one really is unrepeatable. A very early one owner H van with no rot and incredibly straight panels all round. The earliet vans like this one have canvas sides, but we can fit solid steel sides as normal if you wish or, of course, catering type opening sides. We were very lucky to be tipped off about this van, simply because our search team happened to be in the right place at the right time, and bought on the spot. Let's face it, it didn't need two looks (though I can't stop looking at it now it is back!). It even has its original sign-writing back and front, should be in a museum really.
This is another that I really want to keep for myself, but sadly, reality hits me occasionally and I realise that a company doesn't do too well if it keeps all the stock. Shame, really.Free road tax of course. We have rebuilt the engine with new bearings and piston rings, fitted new brakes, radiator and water pump, and fitted new stainless exhaust system. With new MOT (even though it doesn't need one any more) we will part with it for £17,000. You will never find another old H van one like this again.
A standard Citroen H van has an internal height of 6ft (1.85m), pretty generous by most standards. However, looking at my son and all his friends, it seems that people are getting taller (or am I shrinking as he so cruelly implies?).
Anyway, if you are over 6ft, you will certainly appreciate this van with its higher roof which also affords a great opportunity to have some high level external signage, and, on the inside, some high level shelves - very handy!
This van, as a split screen early model, has even more character than a standard van, but more importantly, it is in absolutely solid condition.
We will sell this lovely, one family owned from new, H van with new MOT and mechanical update for £16,600 (as usual, no VAT to be added).
Alternatively, we will do a full catering conversion on it for you, paint it your colour and have it signwritten for you. Your choice.
We built this van earlier this year for a promotion that we were involved in for Stella Artois Cidre, in the Summer. The van was extensively updated mechanically with new brakes, water pump, radiator, shock absorbers, exhaust, paint and much more. It was then fitted out inside with Griddle, two fridges, four bain maries, fan oven, two basins, hot and cold water, gas and electricity. Lined out inside with stainless steel. Hardly used, ready to trade at a fraction of cost price.
As an extra bonus, this van qualifies as a Historic vehicle so has free annual road tax and it is already UK registered. Start your business tomorrow for just £23,430.
Off we trudged to the deep South again, in pursuit of something a little special that we had been tipped off about. 900 miles is a mighty long way to drive when you are not sure if the journey is going to uncover something worth bringing home! Fortunately, our 'intelligence' proved to be correct once again, thank heavens. So, we brought home this little lovely, running and driving sweetly and in super solid condition. With new MOT, this beauty will be for sale at £15,470 (don't forget, we do not add VAT to our prices) or we can get it to any specification you wish - painted your colour, sign-written, fully converted to your specification inside, you name it, we'll do it. With passion, as always. All our vans are gone through mechanically but our technical genius (take a bow,Steve!) in our own workshops. We export anywhere in the world, too.
Petrol 25,000 Klm only
It is easy to buy rotten, knackered, Citroen H vans - there are plenty, just take a look on Ebay. If you intend to run a business from an H van, however, you need a very sound basis from which to build your personalised vehicle. We would far rather pay for sound exceptional examples. This little beauty is yet another example of how hard we try and how far we travel to get the best.
This ex Fire Service van (yes, the blue light still works!) has covered just 25,000 Klm from new, a really tiny mileage! A look at the seats confirms the mileage. Amazing. The van was sold by Auction, in aid of Charity, from its original use in 2009, so has just the two owners from new.
Better still, this is an extended van, a rare length that is great for conversion for anyone who wants a little more space than a standard van offers. With new MOT, this van is unrepeatable at £19,360. Alternatively, we will paint it your colour and fit it out inside for you as well.
And now for something completely different! You can always rely on us to search out the unusual and interesting! Built by Ardman Animations (creators of Wallace and Grommet) for a one off TV programme. A most unusual van which turns heads even more than a normal H van. We think that this van would be amazing for a DJ - desk inside ideal for decks, globe on roof perfect for strobes, lasers and LED lights. Unique. Alternatively, we can convert this super solid H van in to a catering van for you and paint it your colour. For sale as is, with new MOT and tyres for £14350, or we can modify to your specification.
Repainted in a lovely original Citroen EDF light blue with period lined walls and ceiling in the rear and stainless steel counters, this lovely Citroen H van just needs your own equipment to be added to it. Either you can have the van as is, or we can have it fully equipped inside to your exact specification.
This van came from the town of Podensac, area 33 in France. The previous owner had enjoyed this van for the last 10 years. £15,970, with new paint, opening side hatch, our mechanical updates and new MOT. Look at the price and specification again and see how much you get!
This van will make a super CATERING VAN or keep as a camper. We like to try to fit all budgets, so are offering this van as is (it starts and drives fine) or fully converted to your specification and colour, with new MOT. You choose.
Sound H vans that will make really good vans are getting harder and harder to find, so this could be a chance for you.
For sale as is for £8500 or with side opening, new paint and new MOT for £15,870.
When we find a really solid, nice driving, H van, that is still in daily use in France, we get a little over excited! Honestly, these days it isn't easy - most vans we travel miles to view are totally rotten in the vital places. So, this little beauty has a little French 'nudge' mark (which is easy for us to fix) but is otherwise very sweet indeed. We were told that this van had been owned by the family since new! These vans make great CATERING vans (especially if you are over 6ft tall) as they have a higher roof than a standard van. We can fit side opening hatches, whatever type of rear doors you want and whatever you wish inside - alternatively, buy it as is and enjoy - or carry your children's Quad bikes! £13,600 with new paint (your choice) and new MOT.
A really lovely, sound and unusually straight van, rescued by our 'merry men' from area 24, Villac. This van has spent most of its life, though, in area 86 as a road maintenance vehicle - it was originally orange when we found it. The van features conventional rear doors, which was always a Citroen option, most often seen on the Fire vans and Ambulances. The ripples on the side are really nice and straight, and we chose red for it as a change and also because we constantly get asked for red and never have it! We can fit a side hatch and fit it all out for caterers, or you can have it as is. Call for details of the red peril!
Now, here is something rather special. This is a one owner, split screen van, but unusually, it is the Perkins diesel engine fitted rather than the more common indenor diesel. The Perkins engine was only fitted for a few years, but this one even has a spare engine with it 'just in case'! How about that! Also really interesting, is the fact that this van was fitted with these lovely sliding glass windows from new by the French SAPA coachbuilders - this is a very rare survivor with this original conversion, but would be great for catering or ICE CREAM sales as one could serve through them. A really rare vehicle then, one owner, Perkins diesel and SAPA conversion! I doubt you will ever find another with this combination. You may buy 'as is' or we will restore and fit out as you wish. Have a chat to us if you love it as much as we do!
Another little beauty, lined up ready for us to restore and turn in to your dream machine! We love vans in this state because you can see exactly what you have - no filler, no botched paint, just the original finish. This van was with the Fire Service and built by the coachbuilder Goiset, Route De Bayonne, Orthez, finished in December 1964. Unusually, the van has its original coachbuilder certificate and first service schedule book. You may buy this van exactly as is (not running yet) or we will restore, paint and convert for you. Opening side hatches can be fitted to all vans, no problem.
A very genuine, one owner van from new. Scruffy, yes, of course, its French, but incredibly sound with barely a sign of rust anywhere. We will be restoring and converting this into a catering van with opening side hatch and conventional type rear doors. At this stage, it can be built to your own colour and specification, or, as always, we can sell as is. Very hard to find these days in this sound condition, these vans are gaining in popularity as they are a bit taller and a bit longer inside than a standard van, so are suitable for a wood burning Pizza oven, for example.
Do you hanker after an H van but have trouble finding sufficient cash? If so, this could be your answer, or this would make a superb static catering van. Amazingly, it is a one owner vehicle but has suffered from some neglect at the rear, although the cab and front end is amazingly sound - even the headlamp panels are perfect! We have yet to even fit a battery, but if it is of interest to you 'as is', give us a call. Alternatively, we will convert it to a catering van just as soon as we get to it.
Every so often, we break the bank and really pull out the money. This was one such occasion. I was rung whilst up at 'La Vie en Bleu' at Prescott, for the weekend with one of our museum vans. I was told that I had to urgently sort big funds as a rather special van had been found in France and was going to a car show in France the following day. I can tell you, organising someone to be at a show in France the following day, with sufficient euros from a hotel room in Cheltenham on a saturday night is not easy! But, we did it, we got it, and here is the little (rather large actually) treasure. I can honestly say that we have never, ever had such a solid and original 6 metre van as this. Trouble is, few were made and therefore very few survive - most are rotten as they didn't fit in to garages and had to stay outside in all weather. If you want a massive Citroen H catering van, or camper for that matter, call us. It is not cheap I can assure you, but you wont find better. I want to keep this in our museum, so no haggling please, it wont get you anywhere!
Heuliez were one of the best of the French coachbuilders and we generally only buy horsebox vans made by Heuliez simply because they were the only converter that protected the floor and chassis properly from animal urine. Not a particularly savory subject, but important to know! This lovely example is the best that we have been lucky enough to find in a long while. It was in current use in France by only it's second owner who used it to carry his children's quad bikes! This van is fully roadworthy with new MOT and can be driven away as is, or we can convert it for you for catering - perhaps a wood fired Pizza oven? Your call! A very late H van and lovely in all respects - solid, tidy and so original. You wont find a better example. £16,765.
Wow! High top, long wheel base, full side opening, early split windscreen style, beautiful period aluminium body...........this is really unusual! And it gets even better - just 30,000 Klm from new! Engine sweet, all new brakes, new MOT prior to sale. We have repainted the cab inside and out (since pictures), and can have interior fitted out for you to your design. Fabulous for Pizza and great for festivals. I doubt you will ever find another of these. As usual, we were thrilled to manage to source it. Buy with new MOT for just £16,600, or we will quote for catering fit-out.
As found, a scruffy but sound van. The really exciting part for all of you over 6ft tall is that this is a high top, standard length, Citroen H van, a very rare beast indeed. We will sell'as is' or restore, repaint and fit out for your catering or other needs - it would also make a great camper as it has the interior height to fit a decent shower! Unusual and a great find. We will fit opening side hatch etc. and then go as far as you decree!
A very late, short wheel base van in superb, sound condition. This lovely example has a few dents perhaps, but is totally sound as was in use still in France when we persuaded the (original) owner to sell it to us. This van will form the basis of a superb catering van. Very hard to find in this condition these days, anywhere in France. We will restore, paint and fit out to your dreams and specification.
These beauties really make superb catering vans as they are just that bit taller and longer than a standard van - especially good if you are over 6ft tall. This particular one has a petrol engine and the bodywork is really sound with no rust around the front end - yes, we will change the front bumper! You are very welcome to buy this van 'as is' or converted and painted to your exact requirements. Let your hair down and your imagination go wild! These look great when wood panelled on the outside. Mechanically updated and with new MOT - £15,530
This super-sound van was originally built as a camper and as such, has had a very gentle life. Good sound body with no hidden rot underneath. Runs and drives nicely, though we will, as usual, go through it with a fine tooth comb and update and replace parts as we see fit. Engine will have a check over and the radiator will certainly be replaced, as a usual precaution against future over heating issues, on the sound theory that prevention is better than cure. After that, it is over to you. A side opening hatch? - no problem. A repaint in your colour? - easily arranged. A full conversion inside with all the equipment you need? - Certainly. In other words, a super basis for another gorgeous catering van. We can even deliver to any country in the world...after all, we have done so to a number of countries already. Call for a chat! £15,450 with new MOT.
The early H vans had a split windscreen and some other subtle differences that make them eagerly sought after by enthusiasts of the marque. The split windscreen was replaced in 1964, so these split screen models are between 40 and 60+ years old! It is most unusual to find one without and dents or rust damage, but this is a good find. Although it has some superficial rust, it is basically very strong in all the important areas that matter structurally. The van runs and drives and can be purchased as is or at any stage of restoration. The price will obvously depend on how far we have got or to what specification you may want. Your colour choice or as is 'dans son jus'.
Sometimes we find a van that just tells so many stories just as you look around it; this is one such beauty! This longer than standard van was built from new as a school bus. The van was fitted with side windows, some of which slide this would make a great Ice Cream van, perhaps? Newly repainted in it's original grey. The van had been parked up for some years in a cosy barn, so the engine had seized through boredom! Our technical wizard, Steve, has once again used his skills to rebuild the engine, the brakes and fuel system, updating and replacing as he goes. This lovely, longer van has a new MOT and you can drive away for £17,580. Alternatively, let us convert to your catering/promotional needs.
A lovely early split screen van from Toulon on the French south coast. We are normally very wary of these as the rear load floor can be in a poor condition, but this van is absolutely solid throughout and in superb condition.
The bodywork is currently in primer and ready to be painted and the woodwork is sound, ready for a fresh coat of varnish. We are happy to paint it to your own colour or you may prefer to buy as is and finish yourself.
The van is higher inside than standard and very slightly longer so would convert to a really super camper or would also make a superb wood fired Pizza van.