Rust in Peace HY, Type 23, 1950

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Erik van den Ham on November 11, 2009

Rust in Peace HY, Type 23, 1950

Citroën H Van

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The Citroën H Van, Type H, H-Type or HY was 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.


Most Type H were sold as model HY so many people know it only by this name. There were also models H (early ones), HX (lesser load capacity), HZ, and HW (more load capacity). For some time, they were also sold as model 1600.


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

The distinctive corrugated or 'rippled' swaged 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 needed only simple, low cost press tools. Perfect for a cash strapped post-war Citroen. The flat body panels were braced on their reverse side by 'top hat' box sections, at right angles to the ribs. A similar idea is still used in multilayer cardboard.


An H-Type was used as the Broom Waggon in the film version of Belleville Rendez-vous.

An HY was used by the murderer in the French horror movie Haute Tension, also called High Tension

HY's were used in the Danish Olsen Gang movies as prisoner transports and by the gang themselves. They also appeared in the Norwegian productions of the movies.

Portuguese show "A Loja do Camilo" depicted on one episode an Citroen H Van, which Camilo uses firstly as a mobile store and later as a mobile restaurant.

The H-Type's most regular and prolific TV/film appearance is in the long-running French drama series 'Louis la Brocante' (1998-present), a sort of Gallic 'Lovejoy', where middle-aged adventure (and beautiful women)-attract antiques dealer Louis Roman (played by Victor Lanoux) drives an immaculate beige HY throughout picturesque scenes of small-town/rural French life as his virtual sole transport throughout each 90 minute episode. The van also appears in the background of many scenes even when Louis is not actually using or driving it.

Chris10 © on November 11, 2009

Jij bent even lekker bezig Erik.

Eerst 'race' je over de markt in Barcelona. Gaat vervolgens peertjes eten in Elsloo om daarna met een Porche door Groningen te gaan scheuren en nu eindigen met zo'n Citroën op de schroothoop?

Dat is een beetje te veel van het goede...

PS: was ouderwets gezellig afgelopen maandag :-)

Groetjes, Christien.

Faintlightofdawn on November 11, 2009

Haha, great title!

Erik van den Ham on November 11, 2009

Ha Chris10 rust roest en stil zitten is niet mijn ding. De tour door Barcelona was erg leuk jammer dat ik je bleef mis lopen. Had de grand tour graag afgesloten met een heerlijke cappuccino ergens op een terrasje in het avond zonnetje.

Het leven duurt maar even, dus probeer er van te genieten wanneer het kan.

Fijne avond, Erik

Chris10 © on November 11, 2009

Goed motto Erik.

Maar die cappuccino kan er alleen maar van komen als je wél even je rust neemt :-)

Jij ook een fijne avond verder.

Cheers, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on November 11, 2009

Als echte koffie junk neem ik zeker mijn rust voor een bakkie pleur.

As we speak maak ik nog een heerlijk bakje soldaat, dus geen worries.


Erik van den Ham on November 11, 2009

Had natuurlijk wel kunnen bedenken dat jij wellicht deze ook al eens had vereeuwigd je woont er vlak bij in de buurt!


Nadia Kushnir on November 11, 2009

WOW! Erik! What an interesting find!

Marketa Losmanova on November 12, 2009

Very nice shot.

bdeh on November 12, 2009

Mooie opname Erik. Hij staat nog steeds op restauratie te wachten. Had deze al van Frank gezien. Groeten Berend

Ria Maat on November 12, 2009

Ja ERIK, ik dacht al, waar heb ik die bak eerder gezien! bij FRANK dus. Maar deze foto mag er ook zijn!! Prachtige plaat met "roestbruine" tinten.

Groeten van Ria

Animal Place by John… on November 12, 2009

Goed gevonden en er een zeer mooi plaatje van gemaakt Erik. Groetjes John.

Pom' Angers on November 12, 2009

"rust in peace" this is funny Erik :))

theolfa on November 13, 2009

Brilliant title for a terrific picture!

Bram van Broekhoven on November 13, 2009

Zonde, had nog zo mooi kunnen zij, maar jehebt er wel een schitterende foto aan overgehouden Erik

Groeten, Bram

Bert Kaufmann on November 15, 2009

Schitterende compositie en heel mooie tinten.

Samantha Lacy ღ on November 17, 2009

Fantastic shot Erik and great title too!

:)) Sam

Luud Old on November 23, 2009

Die heeft het ook wel verdient Erik wat een bijzondere mooie tinten. Mooi plaatje!!

Groetjes Luud

MaryAlice on November 25, 2009

Most excellent! I love this shot, and the wicked witty title as well!
A fantastic sighting and wonderful capture! Rust Rules! =)

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Dieter Hockertz on November 25, 2009


Regards Dieter

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