DAF 600 passenger car 50 years on the road
February 7, 1958 the official date of the launch of the DAF 600 passenger car.
This is a small photographic tribute to all the brave man of
this mission impossible project. Huub v Doorne , Johan vd Brugghen, and many,
many more. Most people don't realize what problems these engineers and workers
had to solve in a very short period of time from scratch to a revolutionary
fully automatic car.
They developed and tested a new 2 cylinder air-cooled engine, a chassis and body , and a new automatic transmission called the VARIOMATIC, further the facility to produce and assemble the body, engine, and transmission because there was no plant to make the car and components.
This all in less than 4 years, with no help of computers like modern car makers have As an automotive engineer I'm very impressed, and have a deeply respect for these workers.
Starting in 1956
F e b r u a r y 1 9 5 8
DAF 600 in the USA
1959 NEW YORK April 07
The Dutch took the clutch out of the compact
1998 Los Angeles
1995 Hackensack NJ
Shift to DAF and you'll never shift again