Milestones in DAF's history

DAF's history goes back to 1928, when the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne laid the foundations for what has now become DAF Trucks. What started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest-growing truck manufacturing business in Europe.   

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  • 1949 DAF Chassis

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    1949 DAF Chassis

  • 1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

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    1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

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    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine.

  • 1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

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    1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

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    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press: the A-30 (3 tonnes) and the A-50 (5 tonnes). The vehicles are characterized by a grille with seven chromium strips and form the basis for the forward control trucks (cab over engine).

  • 1950 DAF T60

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    1950 DAF T60

  • 1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

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    1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

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    The new DAF truck factory is opened. Stretching along Geldropseweg in Eindhoven, the new plant enables production to be increased to 10-12 trucks per week.

  • 1951 DAF A30 A50 A60

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    1951 DAF A30 A50 A60

  • 1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

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    1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

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    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development of various new vehicles: YA318, a 6x4 army truck.

  • 1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

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    1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

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    In 1952 the YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck is taken into production

  • 1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

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    1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

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    YA328, a 6x6 army truck is accommodated with a unique H-driven transmission. Each wheel has its own propeller shaft, located at the sides of the vehicle, parallel to the main chassis members.

  • 1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

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    1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

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    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series. The grille now has six chromium strips.

  • 1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

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    1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

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    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees, the 10,000th truck chassis is delivered.

  • 1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

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    1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

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    Opening of the DAF engine factory, for the license production of Leyland engines, followed later by DAF developed engines. The initial capacity is four engines per hour.

  • 1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

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    1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

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    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis, the 2000 series, with a 11,1 litre DAF built Leyland engine. It has a rear axle capacity of 10 tonnes - unique at the time.

  • 1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

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    1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

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    To meet the demand from specific market segments, a bonneted chassis is launched (12 and 15 series).

  • 1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

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    1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

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    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams: the production of a passenger car. The total number of ‘little DAFs’ with the famous Variomatic transmission adds up to some 800,000.

  • 1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

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    1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

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    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

  • 1959 - DD575

    The DD575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

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    1959 - DD575

    The DD575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

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    DD575: First DAF turbo engine. 5.75 litres. 122 kW/165 hp.

  • 1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

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    1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

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    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift, but they also benefit from new engines. The cab is completely redesigned, not only on the outside but inside as well.

  • 1959 - New chassis

    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500....

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    1959 - New chassis

    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500....

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    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500.

  • 1959 - 1800 serie

    Introduction of the 1800 serie with ...

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    1959 - 1800 serie

    Introduction of the 1800 serie with ...

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    Introduction of the 1800 serie with DS575 turbocharged diesel engine.

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