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DAF 600
DAF 2 cylinder boxer engine

The DAF 750 is a wee faimily caur that wis manufactured by DAF frae 1961 til 1963. It replaced the DAF 600. At the same time as launchin the 750, DAF launched the DAF Daffodil whilk wis essentially the same car but wi mair luxurious fittings an a wheen mair chrome trim on the but side. The Daffodil wis conceived as an export version o the 750, but the mercat response dictate a speedy demise for the 750 while the better equippit Daffodil fared raither better. The 750 therefore ceased production in 1963 while the Daffodil, the beneficiary of a succession o mild face lifts, remained in production til 1967 whan the DAF Daffodil wis replaced by the wee bit mair pouerfu but itherwise vera seimilar DAF 33.

The names[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Daffodil name workit weel in some mercats, but in the domestic mercat an in Germany the mair luxuriously equipped version o the DAF 750 wis kent as the DAF 30. Upgrades in 1963 and 1965 wis markit by name chynges the DAF 31 and DAF 32. In thir mercats, the launch o the DAF 33 in 1967 wis merely a continuation o an existing line.

The engine[eedit | eedit soorce]

The 746 cc power stroke air cooled 2 cylinder Boxer engine haed the same stroke as in the 600, but the bore wis increased frae 76mm to 85.5mm. Claimed pouer output wis wis waxt frae 22bhp (16kW) tae 30bhp (22kW), an a maximum speed o 105km/h (65mph) wis claimed.

Running gear[eedit | eedit soorce]

The DAF 600 haed been the first car tae hae a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system - the innovotive DAF Variomatic, an the same system wis cairried ower tae the 750 an its variants. The DAF Variomatic employs centrifugal wichts to shift the transmission an is enhanced by an engine manifold vacuum. The DAF Variomatics wis thereby the anly cars ever produced whilk gaed faster by the simple expedient o gently an gradually releasin the accelerator whan top speed haed been reakit. The Variomatic permit increased engine brakin by operatin a switch on the dashboard whilk reversed the action o the vacuum on the pulley's diaphragm, seekin a laicher ratio wi increased manifold vacuum.

Chronology[eedit | eedit soorce]

Atween 1961 an 1967 the mechanical aspects o the car wisna significantly chyngit.

1963 markit the withdrawal o the 750 an 30 badges, an the DAF 30 wis replaced by the DAF 31. The exterior o the car wis modestly reworkit wi input frae Michelotti whilk involved sharpened angles an mair prominent fins: the interior wis significantly upgradit an aw.

In 1965 the DAF 32 replaced the DAF 31. This upgrade wis markit by further limitit chynges tae the body panels, again involvin Michelotti whase influence woud continue tae be seen on DAF passenger cars til the Limburg car assembly business wis acquired by Volvo.

Popular references[eedit | eedit soorce]

The DAF Daffodil gied its name tae the late 80's/early 90's Manchester Indie brand The New Fast Automatic Daffodils, efter an advert for the car, whilk statit "The New, Fast Daffodil - fully Automatic".

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • This airticle incorporates text owerset fae the Dutch Wikipedia articles on the DAF Daffodil an the DAF 750 as o 2008-03-10 .