Café au France
Anyone who has ever spent time travelling around France, Holland or Belgium will not have failed to spot many examples of Citroën’s popular light delivery van, the Type H, bumbling through town and village streets. Built between 1947 and 1981, Citroën built around half-a-million of these easily recognisable vehicles, but they’re rarely seen in New Zealand.
However, Auckland coffee entrepreneur, John Martin, plans to change that as he recently commissioned classic car restoration specialists, Custom Metalshapers Ltd, in assisting with the rebuild of his 1967 Citroën H van. As well as the usual restoration work needed for compliance, several body modifications have also been carried out to raise the roof and reconfigure interior space in order to transform the little French delivery van into a very funky coffee and ice cream vending vehicle.
In addition to the work undertaken by Custom Metalshapers Ltd, the Citroën’s mechanical components are also being restored – with French car specialiasts, Auto France, handling this end of the project.
Expect to see this iconic Citroën on the road and plying its wares at various events this summer.