Café au France

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

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.

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