The Citroën HY is a typical no-nonsense van, which can still be found in use today in some rural areas in France due to its' indestructible character. Today a lot of Citroën HY are converted to camping cars but more and more they are valued in their original use as a characteristic transporter. This section describes some of the technical experiences with my 1970 Citroën HY as well as provide some background information on the Citroën HY.

The Citroën HY was introduced at the Paris motor show in 1947. Production stopped 14th of December 1981 after 473.289 cars were produced. During the 34 production years a variety of versions were produced based on the very solid platform. The HY is an exceptional car. Because of the box form the storage and transport capacity is maximized whereas its own weight is low (standard version may transport 1600kg and has a loading capacity of 7.3 square meter).

The low weight combined with rigid structure is achieved by constructing the car with so called omega profiles and thin profiled plates giving the Citroën HY its' characteristic looks. A lot of people therefore know the car not by its' name, but by its' description. For me the car is a typical Citroën fitting in with the other typical Citroëns like the ID/DS, 2CV and Traction Avant. Its' character, innovative design (look at the shape of a regular transporter in 1947) and functional form makes it worth to preserve.

Citroën HY 1970

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