Citroen H(Y) van - Food Trucks
Buying a Citroen food truck - what are my options?
A Citroen H(Y) van is the perfect food truck chassis. Born as a workhorse for French industry in the fifties, the original vans made after 1962 are extremely versatile and durable with many oldtimers lovingly restored to mint condition or as catering vans by experts. But that is not the only option for sale: a brand new Citroen Jumper can be outfitted with cosmetic panelling, or as the patent since long expired a replica can be made.
Original - Restoration of a vintage Citroen- price on request
Pricing an original restoration is tough – they are very time intensive and each pre owned truck has its own peculiar set of problems. A base version, derelict on a french farm or just barely not in use as a food truck can be found on major listings sites with wildly varying ranges from €3500 to ~€15000.
Yet they all usually end up between €50-85k when fully converted including all works and equipment. Are there bargains? Yes, they can be had. But do not base your business plan or conversion cost on that.
We offer a transparent pricing per hour worked and quote all the works and materials separately where you pay as you go, no huge upfront payments or downpayments. We work with monthly installments based on either your budget or our availability.
Replicas and Static vans - from €20k exw.
Karpatia offers replicas made in China and Vietnam starting as low as €20k and European quality replicas from as little as €35k. Not a road legal vehicle, not even technically a vehicle – of course the classic original restoration is also less expensive and error prone if we can leave all the mechanical bits out, so if you are a restaurateur or hotel using the food truck as a static decor item for your service then this might just be the perfect solution.
For catering companies too, the practicality of driving an oldtimer tens of thousands of km per year will get to you no matter the restoration quality, which is why we recommend to always transport by or as a trailer.
New - A Citroen H modified Jumper - from $85k(€75k) exw.
A modern solution is applying cosmetic panelling to a new or very recent pre-owned Citroen Jumper – giving the classic look to a fully modern van. The biggest advantage in doing this is the singular reliability of the van, allowing you to not only pass the MOT (as do the oldtimers) but to also have a significantly reduced worry about engine trouble when driving and being able to ditch the trailer.
Another advantage is that a lease on the van itself can be obtained at much lower interest rates than for equipment financing as is done for food trucks.
By assessing your dreams we come to a shared understanding of who we are building for and why
Exploring multiple design options lets us find the solution that best suits your business goals
We refine the concept and provide you with a detailed design that meets your needs
Close monitoring during production ensures we meet your standards. You can always fly- or drive in and take a look!
We offer a range of extra services to support your operation, so you can keep your focus.
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We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites
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Frequently Asked Citroen H(Y) Food Truck related questions
If you have a MOT (RDW/TÜV or other local) pass then yes, even the oldtimers can be driven road legally. Replicas can not be driven legally on the road.
Most low emission zones will first ban the older Citroens based on their actual CO2 output yet then also make a carveout for oldtimers or professional vehicles used to carry out the business. In our experience it is possible to obtain an exemption in most cases but make sure to ask your local council first.
Yes, we will drive the European replica or converted-refurbished truck on the back of a trailer from Lithuania or Hungary to your doorstep. In case you order(ed) a Chinese or Vietnamese replica, we will ship the container to the nearest port and arrange local forwarding.
Yes, we ship to the USA and connect you with a local forwarder.
Containers go everywhere, and all trucks can always be shipped to the nearest port.
We might not have a local forwarder in your country (yet), in which case we will find one together with you.
We have our refurbishment and conversion workshops in Eastern Europe – a short distance away from international airports of BUD and VNO. In addition, we do not not use original parts in a restoration when it is not necessary.
A true afficionado may die a little on the inside when using off the shelf wipers for their Citroen restoration, but the people ordering coffee or fries at your service window will not notice the difference.
Karpatia has no showroom – but of course, we are always happy to show the workshop. You can make an appointment through our contact form.
Yes, of course! When restoring an original van to working condition as a catering van one of the biggest things to start off a quality build with is sourcing a good used vehicle. If you’ve already found one that is great and we are happy to assess the works needed to get it back in shape.