- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 24 years-we're recyclers. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.
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.
Posted by autoliterate at 2:33 PM