DAF…As in Daffodil?
Sometime soon we will probably get another car. Ugh! Our trusty Subaru is still going at 14 years of age, but the issue of dependability looms large as we enter the winter months. If we had our way, we would keep the same vehicle forever. That sentiment is far from realistic. We’d also like to get something with a lot better mileage rating. But, advances in technology and fuel usage aside, the automobile industry suffers from what I consider to be an incredible lack of ingenuity when it comes to design. The over-contoured look is so so boring. I long for the days of boxy. Ultimately, it is safety, reliability and efficiency that counts, so this rumination is just that. But still. It made me think about my husband growing up in England during the 70s. He occasionally gets nostalgic about their family car…the DAF. Mostly he just remembers its tortoise-like speed, and something about the rubber belts that needed regular tightening. But damn if it wasn’t cute. These photos are a jumble of models, all found at this massive archive from the Netherlands. Personal preference is for the DAF 44.
Friday 02.08.13 at 4:01 pm
Somehow, via Pinterest, I came to your blog and this car. The things you wrote, could be written by my husband. I will give him the link, as he will like the blog.
The Dutch DAF was nog only a cute car, it was also geared automatically with “het pientere pookje” (the clever gearbox). In Holland the car was not the huge success as it had to be. Most of the Dutchmen found it too small and an automatic gearbox was only for dull people or women :-(( They preferred german, french or japanese cars.
So the factory did not survive, what we still can see as a huge loss.
Friday 02.08.13 at 4:32 pm
I did enjoy your blog with nice nostalgic photos of the Dutch Daffodil. It is a pity that they stopped production of this nice, reliable car.
Sunday 01.26.14 at 5:10 pm
this is my kind of car.
Wednesday 03.09.16 at 5:20 am
Thanks for finally talking about > Mrs. Easton »
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