Vans Used to Be Cool - Citroen HY Camionette
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Most ended up in France and Belgium, as well as the Netherlands and Germany, yet no right-hand drive version was every made, so the UK never got them. Mechanically, they used bits which had already proven themselves in other Citroen models - the engine and gearbox were lifted straight from the Traction Avant, as the HY was front-wheel driven, as well.
The HY’s most recognizable feature, though, was the corrugated steel from which it was made. It wasn’t a style statement, though, as the fact that the sheet metal wasn’t straight added to the rigidity of the shell, without adding unnecessary weight. It also had rear-hinged doors, and since it was so boxy, and the engine was pushed right up front, there was a lot of room inside, and the load bay, being a very regular shape, could easily accommodate all sorts of loads.
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