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Citroën HY Food Truck '79

Citroën HY Food Truck '79 (1979)

Reference CH8244
Make Citroën
Model HY Food Truck '79
Type berline
Construction year 1979
KM 79263
Cilinder displacement 1911
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive
  • Belgian papers / registered as Oldtimer + maintenance invoices.
  • Electric power steering. A few years ago restored to a fully equipped food truck (side door and sun tent, partition with door) now the car can use some TLC and a big refurbishment.
  • Bottom and chassis are surprisingly good, just like the powertrain (maintenance to be provided).

The Citroën H Van, Type H, H-Type or HY is a light truck (or delivery van) produced by the French car maker Citroën between 1947 and 1981. It was developed as a simple front wheel driven van after World War II. A total of 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in France and Belgium. Most of them were sold in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. They were not sold in the UK in right hand drive.

Citroen's teams worked on 8 projects and only the last one was developped, giving it its name : "H". Most Type H vans were sold as model HY. Other models include H (early versions), HX (lesser load capacity), HZ, and HW (greater load capacity). For a time they were also sold as model 1600. In France, this strange (or funny) looking van is known as "Nez de Cochon", "Pig Nose". When used by the police, it was called "panier à salade", "salad basket".

The engine, gear box and many smaller parts are well known from other Citroën models. The engine and gearbox are nearly identical as in the Traction Avant and later the DS, only mounted with the engine to front. The head lights and speedometer were identical to the 2CV for many years.

The distinctive corrugated body work was inspired by German Junkers (Aircraft) of the 1930s, the three engined Junkers Ju 52, being the last to use this construction. The ribs added strength without adding weight, and required only simple, low cost press tools. The flat body panels were braced on the inside by 'top hat' box sections, at right angles to the ribs.

Rear hinged 'Suicide' cab doors were used until the end of production in 1981.


  • Bodywork
  • Length : cm : 426
  • Width : cm : 199
  • Height : cm : 230
  • Weight: kg  : 1500
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement : straight four 1911 cc, front mounted
  • Valve gear : 8
  • Fuel system : 1 Solex carburettor
  • Gearbox : 3-speed, manual
  • Drive wheels : rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power :58 bhp at 4000 t/m
  • Maximum torque : 140 Nm at 1750 rpm
  • Maximum speed : 100 km/h (62 mph)
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