Also special at Het Loo: DAF 31 Daffodil Standard

DAF 31
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The Concours d'élégance Paleis Het Loo is just behind us. We will nevertheless look back. And we do not focus on the exclusive classic spectrum, but on the other side of the collection of classics that was represented in Apeldoorn. Within the segment of the former everyday car we found very special vintage cars. How about a DAF 31 Daffodil. In standard trim. And from his last year of construction 1965. In that year this type was replaced by the DAF 32.

In 1963 the DAF 31 Daffodil came on the market. In appearance, this A-body DAF still had some traits of its predecessors, the DAF 750 and the DAF 30 Daffodil. The round trunk lid and the typical deep nose were retained. The 746 cc power source from the predecessors was also taken over, although the compression ratio was adjusted, among other things. The Variomatic was also upgraded. The 31 type was also fitted with larger wheels. The subtle altered grille and the renovation of the passenger compartment were striking. The latter was more straightforward compared to the earlier A-body DAF types. Michelotti had been concerned with its design. Often DAFs with this body structure are called "33", but it was only on the roll for the model year 1967.

"DAF 31 Standard very rare type"

The DAF that we encountered in Apeldoorn is an 31 Standard. The nice thing is that we placed the DAF on our Facebook page. Connoisseur Wybe Zijlstra told us that this was a very rare type. The 31 was also offered as De Luxe and De Luxe Extra. Those were the more requested versions. "This is no ordinary Dafje, but a very rare 31 Standard, the basic version without chrome and with a green plastic dashboard. ”This variant of the 31 Daffodil series is indeed, we saw, stripped of any form of adornment.

Transition type from last year of construction

What makes our discovery in Apeldoorn special is that it has a date of first admission to 20 April 1965. At that time, DAF was again working with Michelotti to finalize the DAF 32 Daffodil, saying goodbye to the sunken front and the round boot lid. The 31 can therefore be seen as the representative of the transition phase of the A-body types. It makes the car that we saw in Apeldoorn extra interesting, certainly because it is - as Mr Zijlstra informed us - a rare version. It gives this austere representative of historic Dutch glory extra luster. Speaking of rare: In our country there are still 55 copies of all DAF 31 Daffodil types known.

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