I think most will agree that modern mid-size van design has found itself stuck in something of a rut in the past few years. Since the middle of last decade, the Vauxhall, Renault and Nissan trio has kept the exact same look, while Mercedes, Peugeot and Citroen haven’t made much effort to find their own path of late.

Thankfully, van drivers with a little bit of a sense of style and a need to be unique now have their saviour. Caselani is an Italian company that has designed a body kit giving the modern Citroen Jumper van a more retro look. In fact, the kit was designed to replicate the much-loved Type H van that ran from 1947 to 1981.

The restyled panels that simply replace those of the original van are covered in ripples that are designed to replicate the Type H’s similarly corrugated sides. A lot of the time, when kits attempt to mimic odd features like that, it can be overdone. However, in this case it seems to work. The same goes for the slightly purposeless nose extension as the engine is buried well within the dashboard on modern commercial vehicles.

Not only can the kit be fixed to the normal panel van version of the Sprinter, it can also give a fresh look to the low-floor chassis version. Therefore, those interested in parking in a field over-night can get an old-school camper van, and tow truck drivers can have fun picking up broken down, original Type H vans with their restyled flatbed.

The kit was originally created back in 2017 to celebrate the Type H’s 70th anniversary and it immediately found success. In fact, at this year’s Tour De France, many different advertising companies used the kit to spruce up their vans.

Thanks to the PSA/FCA collaboration that gave us the Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper and Peugeot Boxer, owners of all three vehicles can get the kit. That being said, it seems a bit wrong to fit a Fiat with a kit making it look like a post-war Citroen.

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