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DAF 44 (1966-74)

October 7th, 2009 by Rolph · 3 Comments

I am no big fan of the DAF motoring brand, but since I live in the Netherlands I am bound to run into the little buggers every now and then. In my mind, these cars are in the same category of ‘slow, boring and boxy’ as old cheap Volvo’s. What a pleasant surprise to see this funny little DAF 44! It almost looks nice! What a charming little eyebrows over the headlights, I like it. For a DAF, that is LOL

Under the bonnet with the fancy eyebrows we are still talking DAF though. A whopping two cylinder 0.8 liter engine delivers no less than 34 bhp, obviously the car is equipped with the famous Variomatic transmission and … ehm. Well, is is a DAF. The car is designed by Giovanni Michelotti, who drew some nice Triumphs as well. Unfortunately, after this DAF 44 he ended up designing the boring Volvo 66…

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Oct 15, 2009 at 11:53

    Well you obviously don’t know DAF.

    Try to find a DAF 555 (yes, way before Subaru there was a car with that number), a 55 Coupe, or better, Marathon versions of the 55 or 66. Now these have a little bigger engine.

    The 44, 55 and 66 all belong to the B-modell, the A-modell being derived from the DAF 600 and ending up as the 33.

    After DAF stopped making cars it took another 20 years or so for the Variomatic to find it’s place in the Williams of 1993, before being banned, because it was to damned quick! One of the few inventions first being introduced on a streetcar before finding it’s way to F1…

  • 2 VTR1000 lady // May 31, 2010 at 6:04

    Where did you learn about this? Can you give me the source

  • 3 Jan // Jun 17, 2010 at 13:07

    @VTR1000 lady: Where did who find what?

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