We cannot repeat history. But we can relive it in our minds when we see this beautiful DAF drive by. With this pearl of Dutch automotive history, we imagine ourselves back in years long gone. If you own this special combination, a 600 DAF 1959 pulling a Continenta caravan, you must have a warm, social heart. You are approached a lot along the way and then it is important to share the classic passion. In traffic on the road you are admired and… stared after.
By: Dirk de Jong
How did this hobby for Ron come about? Was it a good way to fight boredom? Or perhaps as a medicine for the stress in our society of the spectacle? Ron Hoogenberg has always had a thing for cars and came across the DAF about 12 years ago. As a skilled welder, he saw that the DAF 600 had already been worked on before and the sills and screens had been replaced. Given the condition of the DAF, he was forced to weld in a new bottom plate, no problem at all for a hardworking and experienced welder.
Such a unique DAF 600 would of course be matched by a Continenta caravan, which was given a new lease of life with the help of his friend Gerry Ursum. All woodwork was renewed and the outside received a beauty treatment, now also about ten years ago. The 250 kilo Continenta minicaravan is now being pulled imperturbably by the DAF 600.
Just keep in mind
On the way to unlikely places, contact with nature, enjoy the peace. Stop along the way, in the caravan for a cup of coffee, put on your slippers and make yourself at home. What do I say: Pretend? You are simply at home! What a luxury, no parking fees, no hotel costs. With the house on wheels behind the beautiful little car.
This sensational Volkswagen had an air-cooled two-cylinder engine. It was the ancestor of all DAF's passenger cars, which was further developed into the eventual type 33. The technology, the variomatic, was a brilliant invention of Dr Hub van Doorne, a technically brilliant man who had earned more success with the DAF. This DAF 600 with the clever poker is still a hit in the classic world. The really very first model, how many would there be left?
In love with the DAF 600?
Now that Ron gave the DAF a new lease of life to a new owner, it appeared that masses of enthusiasts responded. Phone calls from museums, messages from abroad. Actually logical because the combination DAF 600/Continenta Caravan is simply museum-worthy. The choice was not easy, after all, it is now about the higher price segment due to its exclusivity. A real collector was successful. The DAF 600 gets a place in his collection with various DAFs. The pride of the new owner's property remains!
Perhaps it is good to reiterate that the battle for a good image in the classic world has long been won. Dutch glory is cherished and much sought after. After his long ownership, Ron can be proud that a destination has been found that does justice to the history of our own Dutch passenger car.