Eastern Cars of Holland, Inc.

2222 Flat bush Avenue, Brooklyn 34, New York, Dewey 8 300

July 1960, DAF  has ended the association with Milton Kaufman, who had earlier been appointed distributor for the Dutch automobiles. Instead of a wholly-owned subsidiary EASTERN CARS of HOLLAND was established.  With 69 dealerships along the Atlantic seaboard and inland  to Chicago.  President of the subsidiary is MR. Jan Soeten. Also two service experts  arrived  from the Netherlands, one of them  Gerard Verleg.   



In 1964 Eastern Cars of Holland has been closed,  FERGUSON AUTOMOTIVE of Long Island, a multi marque distributor took it over till end of 1966. The organization was reduced to 25 dealers extending from Massachusetts to South Carolina to Iowa, plus one in Los Angles.  New legislations  came to effect in 1967,  and it was too expensive to  modified the DAF's  the 33 and 44's to get them  past for all these tests' The NEW  DAF 66 with the dion rear axle ,launched in 1973,  was specially designed to made a come back to the US market. But the oil crisis dropped all those planes.  

N-Y Skyline & DAF 600

The building in 1991

Left Gerard Verleg


The Dutch took the clutch out of the compact

Jan Soeten 1961



Wim Dussel, the world traveler in front of a big billboard  Trenton NJ  1963

Numbers. Company records show 1139 cars exported to the US.  112  600's, 819  750's, 208 Daffodil's, 30  Pick-up/vans or kombi's. 6 Daf's 44 from Porto Rico, Electric Fuel Propulsion Inc. of Chicago imported an unknown number  of Daf's 44 for electric conversion in 1972. 42 so far located were imported by individuals for personal use

DAF 44 Hollywood FL

DAF 44 Kaz Wysocki

   DAF 44 Jim Lubbock       St Louis MO

Just before the new safety legislations, 1967, Jan Soeten imported  on personal title 6 DAF's 44 from Porto Rico to get these cars licensed. All 6 were sold very quickly to  former DAF 600/750 owners.




With special thanks to Bill Radtke.


For more photo's   Fotoalbum daf - DAFs in the USA/DAF NEW YORK