While Peugeot recently showed how its Expert van could be transformed into a food service vehicle serving as an oyster bar, Citroën, not to be outdone, announced a conversion of a their classic H Van to be a mobile bike shop. As well, a similar conversion was performed on the company’s newest Jumpy van.
Citroën partnered with Le Coq Sportif to create the pair in celebration of Citroën’s light commercial vehicle history. They were shown at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, which ran from April 25 to 27.
Each vehicle received a distinctive exterior blue, white and red French colour treatment along with “Citroën X le coq sportif” and “70th anniversary” badges, the latter in recognition of the Type H’s upcoming 70th birthday.
The Type H featured a flip-up side panel that opens up a wood clad shop interior with bicycle parts hung on the opposite wall highlighting the velo-inspired design.
The Jumpy with its two bike roof rack plays the modern counterpart to the nostalgic H Van, with black woodwork with white leather, and blue, white and red top-stitching. Citroën says it’s a mobile bike shop, too, but its photos don’t show the layout inside.
It was not announced if either vehicle would play a role in actual bike races this year, though it would be nice to see them in the coverage of the Tour de France!