88 years of DAF heritage

DAF’s roots go back to 1928, when the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne laid the foundation for what currently is DAF Trucks. What started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest growing truck manufacturer in Europe.

All images in this section are available in low and high resolution and are subject to our legal notice.

  • 1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

    More details

    1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

    Description

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business, with financial assistance from Mr Huenges, director and owner of Coolen’s Brewery and Ice Factory: the Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop is a fact.

  • 1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

    More details

    1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

    Description

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers. The name of the company is changed to ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagenfabriek N.V.’, or D.A.F. for short.

  • 1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

    More details

    1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

    Description

    For the production of trailers several revolutionary constructions are developed, such as a lightweight chassis, an automatic semi-trailer coupling system and a brake system.

  • 1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

    More details

    1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

    Description

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army, Hub van Doorne develops the TRADO construction, to convert a single driven rear axle into a double driven tandem axles. Many 4x2 army vehicles are retrofitted with the TRADO axle.

  • 1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

    More details

    1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

    Description

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into ‘Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek’.

  • 1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

    More details

    1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

    Description

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine.

  • 1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

    More details

    1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

    Description

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press: the A-30 (3 tonnes) and the A-50 (5 tonnes). The vehicles are characterized by a grille with seven chromium strips and form the basis for the forward control trucks (cab over engine).

  • 1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

    More details

    1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

    Description

    The new DAF truck factory is opened. Stretching along Geldropseweg in Eindhoven, the new plant enables production to be increased to 10-12 trucks per week.

  • 1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

    More details

    1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

    Description

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development of various new vehicles: YA318, a 6x4 army truck.

  • 1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

    More details

    1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

    Description

    In 1952 the YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck is taken into production

  • 1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

    More details

    1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

    Description

    YA328, a 6x6 army truck is accommodated with a unique H-driven transmission. Each wheel has its own propeller shaft, located at the sides of the vehicle, parallel to the main chassis members.

  • 1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

    More details

    1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

    Description

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series. The grille now has six chromium strips.

  • 1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

    More details

    1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

    Description

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees, the 10,000th truck chassis is delivered.

  • 1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

    More details

    1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

    Description

    Opening of the DAF engine factory, for the license production of Leyland engines, followed later by DAF developed engines. The initial capacity is four engines per hour.

  • 1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

    More details

    1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

    Description

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis, the 2000 series, with a 11,1 litre DAF built Leyland engine. It has a rear axle capacity of 10 tonnes - unique at the time.

  • 1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

    More details

    1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

    Description

    To meet the demand from specific market segments, a bonneted chassis is launched (12 and 15 series).

  • 1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

    More details

    1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

    Description

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams: the production of a passenger car. The total number of ‘little DAFs’ with the famous Variomatic transmission adds up to some 800,000.

  • 1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

    More details

    1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

    Description

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

  • 1959 - DS575

    The DS575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

    More details

    1959 - DS575

    The DS575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

    Description

    DS575: First DAF turbo engine. 5.75 litres. 122 kW/165 hp.

  • 1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

    More details

    1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

    Description

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift, but they also benefit from new engines. The cab is completely redesigned, not only on the outside but inside as well.

DAF Museum

DAF Museum

In the center of Eindhoven the DAF Museum really stands out. Technology and romantic nostalgia go hand in hand with attention to the current DAF model range. The museum is based in a restored brewery where in 1928 DAF was born. Here founder Hub van Doorne started his entrepeneurship.

More about the DAF museum

Contact DAF Trucks

Looking for our address, telephone number or route description? Do you want to submit a question? 

Go to the contact page

Share this page

We invite you to share this page.

This website uses cookies

DAF uses cookies to improve the functionality of this website and to provide you with the best service. We also use Google Analytics to anonymously analyse your visit to our website. DAF's cookies are absolutely safe, but you can always change the cookie settings in your browser at any time.