Westrand Car Show - DAF Kalmar Tjorven

Tjorven (DAF Kalmar)


“Tjorven” was a character in a Swedish TV series. Apparently a chubby, not so attactive young lady.

When DAF (the Dutch truck builders) were approached by the Swedish Postal Authorities to design and build a new postal delivery vehicle they came up with the Kalmar 440/441 which was based on a DAF 44 sedan.

The Kalmar was also sold outside of Sweden as a Kalmar or DAF Kalmar but the Swedes attached the “Tjorven” nickname to the ugly little van.

Tea Garden, cakes and puddings

The Tjorven ran on an 844cc air cooled engine with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which DAF called Variomatic transmission and was ideally suited to postal deliveries. With a large sliding door on the drivers side for easy entry and exit, postal staff could easily deliver mail. They were also adapted by private owners to be used by handicapped drivers. The Tjorven was produced from 1969 until early 1972. Approximately 2000 vehicles were produced.

The blue Tjorven has been adapted for a disabled driver and the black and white image is of a postal worker in Sweden doing a delivery.

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. 


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 hieronder 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.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

Feature Image DAF Kalmar Tjorven – Zandcee [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Daf Kalmar Tjorven – Spantax [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Daf Kalmar Tjorven – Spantax [CC BY-SA 3.0]
DAF Kalmar Tjorven – Tekniska museet [CC BY 2.0]