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DAF Museum historie A visit to the DAF Museum means a tour through time, past the historical heritage of Doorne's Trailer Factory. From the establishment of the company by the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne up to and including the most modern trucks that roll off the DAF production line in the Eindhoven factories.

The tour starts where the van Doorne brothers had their first workshop. The workshop was really a large smithy that has now been completely restored and shows the tools that were used at the time.

The history of the DAF car takes one past a selection of historical vehicles with plenty of attention for DAF's revolutionary drive gear, the Variomatic, popularly known as 'the smart gear stick'.

Cut-away models on the components gallery show the many possibilities of the step-less drive gear, which is applied worldwide to the present day.

Special cars

Special cars

In the past DAF cars also performed successfully in motor sport competitions and the museum exhibits a number of unique models, such one of the two DAFs 55 in which Rob Slotemaker and David van Lennep completed the gruelling London-to-Sydney Marathon. A tremendous feat that was repeated 25 years later, in 1993. Visitors can also admire race cars that are equipped with the Variomatic transmission.

Besides, there are a great number of prototypes of cars that were never taken into production. For example, the royal beach car that Michelotti designed on the basis of a DAF 32 to serve as a beach run-about at Porte Ercole, the Italian summer residence of the Dutch Royal Family. And, of course, the 'mobile raincoat', a three-wheeler that Hub van Doorne built at home and that was small enough to be parked in the family's hallway.

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Trucks

Trucks

There are always about 40 trucks from the extensive collection on display, from one of the first trucks from 1949 to modern vehicles.

Of course, special attention is paid to trucks from the past: lorries, - including a concrete mixer and a breakdown lorry -, buses and special vehicles, such as army trucks and fire engines. And those interested in rally sport will be pleased to find that a number of the legendary juggernauts which Jan de Rooy drove in several Paris-Dakar Rallies are on permanent display.

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DAF Siluro

DAF SILURO, the recent addition to the Museum collection

The DAF Museum has been more than happy with an exceptional acquisition. The Siluro show model, built on the platform of a DAF 55, was given a place of honour in the Museum. 'Siluro' is Italian for 'torpedo'.

The Italian expert designer Giovanni Michelotti took the initiative to design and build this slim coupé that was a trendsetting example of elegant car design 37 years ago. The silver-coloured coupé was the first truly wedge-shaped car: very low at the front and rising towards the end. The sophisticated silver-grey two-seater coupé shares the same 1.108 cc four-cylinder engine and unique stageless automatic Variomatic transmission with all standard DAF 55s. The car was last shown to the public at the 1968 Geneva the car show.

The 'Siluro' was Michelotti's baby and he kept it until his rather sudden death, when the car ended up in his son's garden. What was left of the badly negelected car was sold to a German dealer some years ago, who offered the car to the DAF Museum. With the help of the Museum's sponsors the car was bought and and it was decided to restore it to its original state.

It took some years of painstaking restoration work to bring the DAF 55 'Siluro' back to the same state it was in 37 years ago when it was shown in Geneva. Its bodywork is sound again, the custom-made bucket seats have been repaired, the hand-made chrome body ornaments have been put back and the unique two-spoke Nardi sports steering-wheel has received a new rim.

This unique car alone would be worth a trip to the DAF Museum!The DAF Museum has been more than happy with an exceptional acquisition. The Siluro show model, built on the platform of a DAF 55, was given a place of honour in the Museum. 'Siluro' is Italian for 'torpedo'.

The Italian expert designer Giovanni Michelotti took the initiative to design and build this slim coupé that was a trendsetting example of elegant car design 37 years ago. The silver-coloured coupé was the first truly wedge-shaped car: very low at the front and rising towards the end. The sophisticated silver-grey two-seater coupé shares the same 1.108 cc four-cylinder engine and unique stageless automatic Variomatic transmission with all standard DAF 55s. The car was last shown to the public at the 1968 Geneva the car show.

The 'Siluro' was Michelotti's baby and he kept it until his rather sudden death, when the car ended up in his son's garden. What was left of the badly negelected car was sold to a German dealer some years ago, who offered the car to the DAF Museum. With the help of the Museum's sponsors the car was bought and and it was decided to restore it to its original state.

It took some years of painstaking restoration work to bring the DAF 55 'Siluro' back to the same state it was in 37 years ago when it was shown in Geneva. Its bodywork is sound again, the custom-made bucket seats have been repaired, the hand-made chrome body ornaments have been put back and the unique two-spoke Nardi sports steering-wheel has received a new rim.

This unique car alone would be worth a trip to the DAF Museum!

DAF SILURO, the recent addition to the Museum collection

The DAF Museum has been more than happy with an exceptional acquisition. The Siluro show model, built on the platform of a DAF 55, was given a place of honour in the Museum. 'Siluro' is Italian for 'torpedo'.

The Italian expert designer Giovanni Michelotti took the initiative to design and build this slim coupé that was a trendsetting example of elegant car design 37 years ago. The silver-coloured coupé was the first truly wedge-shaped car: very low at the front and rising towards the end. The sophisticated silver-grey two-seater coupé shares the same 1.108 cc four-cylinder engine and unique stageless automatic Variomatic transmission with all standard DAF 55s. The car was last shown to the public at the 1968 Geneva the car show.

The 'Siluro' was Michelotti's baby and he kept it until his rather sudden death, when the car ended up in his son's garden. What was left of the badly negelected car was sold to a German dealer some years ago, who offered the car to the DAF Museum. With the help of the Museum's sponsors the car was bought and and it was decided to restore it to its original state.

It took some years of painstaking restoration work to bring the DAF 55 'Siluro' back to the same state it was in 37 years ago when it was shown in Geneva. Its bodywork is sound again, the custom-made bucket seats have been repaired, the hand-made chrome body ornaments have been put back and the unique two-spoke Nardi sports steering-wheel has received a new rim.

This unique car alone would be worth a trip to the DAF Museum!The DAF Museum has been more than happy with an exceptional acquisition. The Siluro show model, built on the platform of a DAF 55, was given a place of honour in the Museum. 'Siluro' is Italian for 'torpedo'.

The Italian expert designer Giovanni Michelotti took the initiative to design and build this slim coupé that was a trendsetting example of elegant car design 37 years ago. The silver-coloured coupé was the first truly wedge-shaped car: very low at the front and rising towards the end. The sophisticated silver-grey two-seater coupé shares the same 1.108 cc four-cylinder engine and unique stageless automatic Variomatic transmission with all standard DAF 55s. The car was last shown to the public at the 1968 Geneva the car show.

The 'Siluro' was Michelotti's baby and he kept it until his rather sudden death, when the car ended up in his son's garden. What was left of the badly negelected car was sold to a German dealer some years ago, who offered the car to the DAF Museum. With the help of the Museum's sponsors the car was bought and and it was decided to restore it to its original state.

It took some years of painstaking restoration work to bring the DAF 55 'Siluro' back to the same state it was in 37 years ago when it was shown in Geneva. Its bodywork is sound again, the custom-made bucket seats have been repaired, the hand-made chrome body ornaments have been put back and the unique two-spoke Nardi sports steering-wheel has received a new rim.

This unique car alone would be worth a trip to the DAF Museum!

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