In 1962, DAF (Van Doorne's Aanhangwagen Fabriekor or Van Doorne's Trailer Factory) from Netherlands stunned the world truck market with her cabin design through model DAF 2600.
The designer W van den Brink had the machine as well as the driver in mind and so managed to create space within the cabin by providing two folding beds (like bunk beds) that could allow the driver’s to sleep. In less than 6 feet, other small amenities were provided inside the cabin for the driving essentials.
The entire cabin was insulated with special rubber to keep away both sound and heat. Ashtrays, music system, air-conditioning system were all at arm's length. Other controls and levers were all placed within the driver's easy reach. It had a large windscreen for better visibility and seats with springs to make the ride comfortable.
Drivers from now on could undertake intercontinental round trips without getting squeezed inside their small cabins or stopping in small lodges, thereby reducing overall operational costs. This was an industry first and laid the standards for the next generation trucks.
This model was a volume seller for DAF and in 11 years of continuous production (until 1973) broke records after records. It also allowed other truck makers such as Mercedes-Benz, Scania, Renault, etc. to imbibe the same design format in the coming years, a trend that still continues until this date.
The DAF 2600 earned the nick-name "Mother of International Trucks".
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Licensed product|
|- Premium collectible|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||8 x 4.5 x 4.5|
|Color||Red / White|