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DAF 44

The DAF 44 is a sma family caur that wis introduced in September 1966 bi the Dutch company DAF. Styled bi Michelotti, it represented a cautious move upmarket for the company which hitherto haed produced, for the passenger caur market, anerlie the smaller slower Daffodil model (subsequently rebadged as the DAF 33 to align with the form o nomenclature introduced with the 44).

The 2 cylinder engine woud hae been familiar to any driver o the less pouerful DAF 33, an the bore remained unchanged at 85.5 mm. Stroke wis increased to 73.5 mm, however, giving an increase in engine displacement frae 746 cc to 844 cc an an increase in claimed output frae 28 bhp to 34 bhp. The compression ratio remained low enough to permit the uise o relatively low octane fuel.

Stopping pouer commensurate with the caur's rather leisurely performance came frae all-round drum brakes.

An innovative feature for the time wis face-level ventilation with adjustable facia mounted outlets.

The spare wheel wis stored under the front hood / bonnet which left more space for luggage at the back an makes the point that the engine wis a relatively compact ane.

The DAF 44, in common with ither DAF caurs, featured an innovative continuously variable transmission system, the DAF Variomatic.