Westrand Car Show - DAF 46 and Goliath

DAF 46

THE END OF THE LINE FOR DAF MOTOR CARS

The DAF 46 was a small family car that was manufactured by the Dutch company DAF. It was introduced in November 1974 to ultimately replace the DAF 44. At the time of the launch it was announced that the two cars would be sold “alongside” one another, which indicates that DAF had substantial stocks of the earlier model, as yet unsold.

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The DAF 46 was a little more luxurious than its predecessors and was carpeted throughout and equipped with cloth covered reclining seats. It also had a redesigned gear lever and additional dash mounted warning lights. The car retained its defining DAF variomatic transmission (CVT), but this was now coupled with a conventional differential which was said to improve noise levels and extend drive-belt life.

 Reports suggest that the DAF 46 had safer handling than its predecessor, but acceleration was still slow, at a time when most European manufacturers were improving top speed and acceleration as technology improved and new models were announced. Still, Holland is a small country and a good public transport infrastructure so big powerful cars were unnecessary.

A total of 32,353 DAF 46s were produced in the few years it was on the market.

In February 1976, it was announced that the DAF 46 would be phased out that same year but that DAF would ensure adequate parts and service backup despite the disappearance of the DAF brand from passenger car show rooms. DAF had sold their motor car factory and interests to Volvo who in turn upgraded the DAF 66 and re-branded it the Volvo 66

NOTE ON FEATURED IMAGE The Daf 46 at the Goliath mill, close to Eemshaven. The mill is called Goliath because of the relatively large size of the wicks for Groningen mills (a 23.5-meter flight). Nowadays it seems more like a dwarf among modern wind turbines. The work of art of the reclining man is one of the 5 resting points of artists Maree Blok and Sander Lugthart.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hierbo en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

IMAGE ATTRIBUTION. The sources of the images on this post are listed below. To see a full screen view of the image please click on the link.
Featured Image. DAF 46 and Goliath – m66roepers from Nederland [CC BY 2.0]
DAF 46 Sedan – Sven Storbeck [Public Domain]
DAF 46 – 1975 – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
DAF 46 Sedan – Rama [CC BY-SA 2.0 fr]

Other links that assist you with the DAF brand include Wikipedia  Wiki Commons  DAF Group of Companies