Streetscene – DAF 44 Variomatic

Saw this rare DAF 44 while we were out an about.

Introduced in 1966 and produced six years until 1965. They were designed for the Dutch company by Michelotti, famous for a number of Triumph designs including the Herald and the Stag.

This sample was registered in 1966 and was one of stock that was disposed of after they’s stopped making them They featured a flat 2 cylinder engine which had 844 cc, which produced a whopping 34 bhp. In addition, it had DAF’s famous Variomatic gearbox, which in simple terms was a huge rubber band. Move the gear-stick forward or back depending which direction you wanted to go.

We had a chat with the enthusiastic owner of this superb example, who was quite happy to be photographed. He said he loved them and had a couple more back home we was working on.