Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Daf 55 daft?

Thinking about buying wheels in The Netherlands. Back in Maine,  buying local matters. So here in Wassenaar, why not a DAF, the only Dutch automobile company I'm aware of? DAF was swallowed by Volvo sometime in the 1970s, but before that had a successful run with a narrow line of little cars. Like this Daf 55, from 1969. DAF's claim to fame was its Variomatic transmission, which was standard on all its cars: you could not get a manual. Automatic transmissons were rare in Europe in those days manual transmissions are still standard issue in rental cars and taxis. I've always liked shifting, so the Variomatic doesn't spin my wheels, but otherwise the Daf  looks like my kind of machine: a plain-jane, is-what-it-is, sturdily clean-and-simple car that has survived four decades and maybe has some stories to tell. And I like the rally lamps, too.
Would it be daft to buy a 43-year-old DAF?

1 comment:

  1. Peter . Looks like a good ride fro a " Bourne Identity" chase scene. Can you drive in reverse , top speed , down a cobblestone stairway ? Alex