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DAF 31 Daffodil.

This range of motor vehicles was introduced as the DAF 750 in 1961. In addition to the basic 750, a slightly more luxurious version known as the Daffodil (or DAF 30 in some markets) was launched, designed with overseas' markets in mind. The 750 only continued in production for two years, the smarter Daffodil/30 demonstrating that the public preferred a few more trimmings to their cut-price motoring.
In 1963 the Daffodil range received a mild re-working, resulting in the DAF 31, an example of which is shown below. As with the earlier 600, the Daffodil employed the company's famous CVT (continuously variable transmission) system, a clever centrifugal and belt arrangement that continued being a feature of DAFs well into the 1970s.
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1963 DAF 31 car
The DAF 31 received another facelift in 1965 thanks to the pen of stylist Michelotti, with the new car now being badged as the DAF 32. Gone was the slightly awkward frontal treatment of the 31, replaced by a much cleaner arrangement. Both van, pickup and saloon versions of this modest 746cc motor-car were produced.
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A period shot of a 1966/67 DAF 44 can be found on this page. A preserved example of the earlier, 600 version, may be seen here.

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