A fun addition to any collection of French automobiles
The Citroën HY panel van is one of the most iconic French commercial vehicles ever built. It was first introduced in 1947 and remained in production with limited design changes until 1981, giving it one of the longest production runs in European automotive history. Mechanically uncomplicated, supremely reliable and eminently usable, the HY remains in strong demand even to this day.
The HY van offered here is an exceptionally rare original and unrestored example that is offered with its original, single-letter Parisian license plate and in its original ‘Café San Rivo’ paintwork and livery. Believed to have been used as a publicity van for the French coffee brand, it is accompanied by a charming 1950s advertisement, showing the vehicle following several cyclists in a race, perhaps the Tour de France. Hugely original, the van includes a rare dashboard-mounted clock and three-spoke steering wheel. The owner states that the car runs but has not been driven any distance in some time.
With original and unrestored HY vans in good condition becoming harder and harder to find and 1950 being a hugely sought-after model year, the opportunity to own such an example must not be overlooked. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.