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September 27, 2021

DAF-Domburg Diesel Bus With Slide Out Motor for Ease of Maintenance

1949 innovation where the motor can be “taken out” of the bus, literally, so it can be easily serviced, repaired, and even removed from the subframe altogether.






DAF Trucks is a Dutch truck manufacturing company and a division of Paccar. Its headquarters and main plant are in Eindhoven. Cabs and axle assemblies are produced at its Westerlo plant in Belgium. Some of the truck models sold with the DAF brand are designed and built by Leyland Trucks at its Leyland plant in England.

In 1928, Hubert “Hub” van Doorne founded the company as Commanditaire Vennootschap Hub van Doorne’s Machinefabriek. His co-founder and investor was A. H. Huenges, managing director of a brewery. In 1932, the company, by then run by Hub and his brother, Wim van Doorne, changed its name to Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek (Van Doorne’s Trailer Factory), abbreviated to DAF. Huenges left the company in 1936 and the DAF company was then completely in the hands of the van Doorne brothers.

After World War II luxury cars and trucks were very scarce. This meant a big opportunity for DAF. In 1949, the company started making trucks, trailers and buses, changing its name to Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek (Van Doorne’s Automobile Factory). The first lorry model was the DAF A30.

Through the 1950s, DAF was a major supplier to the re-equipping of the Dutch Army’s softskin vehicles. In the end of 1954, Hub van Doorne had the idea to use belt drive, just like many of the machines in the factory that were belt-driven, to drive road vehicles. In 1955, DAF produced its first drafts of a car belt drive system. Over the next few years, the design was developed and refined.




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