Monday, 3 February 2014

Our Pick: Top 5 Classic Vans For Sale

A slight break away from our usual topic of tea and coffee spots, we bring you a pick of the top classic vans currently for sale which would make ideal coffee vans. Our dream of one day turning a classic van into a tearooms on wheels gets ever closer! Don't worry though, we'll be back on the tea room reviews soon.

1. Renault Estafette - 1971 Hi-Top
This small front-wheel drive van was first introduced in France in 1959. Called the Estafette from the Italian Staffetta, meaning Courier, this van was very popular as a mobile shop, which at markets became as typically French as the ice cream van is English. This cute little lady is currently on eBay.

2. Citroen H Van - 1980 HY
A very popular van nowadays with vintage style caters in the UK, these were produced by Citroen between 1947 and 1981. Developed as a simple front wheel drive after the war, a total of 473,289 were produced and all are now old lady's, some being over 60 years old! The early models have suicide doors, all have a 3 speed gear boxes with a top speed around 50 mph and awful brakes. This 34 year old eye catching van is currently on eBay if you fancy it.

3. Austin LD
This is a 1966 1 ton Austin van with a 2.2 litre diesel engine, a proper work horse. These vans were sold under both the Austin and Morris banner. This great hulk of a van is currently on eBay.

An absolute classic and sought after collector's van, the VW camper is iconic. This 1965 splitty can be yours for a shade under £30k. 

Now this is our absolute favourite van among the classics out there. Produced from 1965 to 1980 the J7 came after the D4 but was succeeded buy the revised J9 in 1981. A solid little van, it has sliding drivers and passenger doors, disk brakes and a 4 speed gear box. They were made as panel vans, pick ups and minibuses and though a rare sight in the UK, these are a common sight all over France. This bright red fire truck has a few days left on eBay 


  1. I enjoyed looking at all the vans. We don't have anything like these here in the US. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hello Wendy, so pleased it's not just us who likes looking at these old girls!