Retro Citroen Type H-bodied Relay van on sale next week

A retro body kit inspired by the iconic 1940s Citroen Type H for the modern Citroen Relay van goes on sale next week.

Caselani Automobili is the company behind the body kit, which will cost around £36,076 when fully installed on a Citroen Relay van.

The body kit, which is available for both left- and right-hand drive vans, can also be fitted to the Peugeot Boxer, Fiat Ducato from 2006 onwards and the 2013 Ram Promaster.

The men behind the retro body kit, David Obendorfer and Fabrizio Caselani, designed it to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the original Type H van.

Obendorfer told Autocar: "With the design we did not intend to copy the forms of the original model, but rather we aimed to capture the soul of the iconic vehicle, reinterpreting it through a nostalgic fibreglass 'suit' which at the same time is deeply rooted in contemporary style.

Retro Citroen Type H-bodied Relay van on sale next week
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Retro Citroen Type H-bodied Relay van on sale next week

"The Type H 70th Anniversary Van is a fusion of direct references to the predecessor with modern solutions, combined with the reliability and the technological content of the current Citroën Relay series."

Currently, the company offers minibus and panel van designs, and is planning to put a more rugged 4x4 design into production in September. Camper, food truck and tow truck designs are also in the works, and should be on sale in December.

A £2,500 deposit will secure customers a build slot once they have registered their interest. Renderings based on what they've specified will be sent to the customer within two months of expressing interest.

Once the design renderings have arrived, the customer must decide whether or not to go ahead with the build within two weeks, and will also have to pay a 40 per cent deposit to secure the build. Once this has been done, delivery will usually take place within a week.

Looking forward, the pair hope to begin retrofitting the kit to existing vans next year, and then begin selling the kit as a standalone product in 2019.

Pre-installed vans will go on sale from May 15.

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