Following its debut in 1958, the DAF passenger car had a brief but influential run here in America. The diminutive Dutch cars came with rack-and-pinion steering, seven inches of ground clearance and an unmatched-in-class belt-and-pulley-driven Variomatic constant velocity automatic transmission. But what began with a U.S. dealer network in 1960 ended in 1967, when DAF stopped importing its Variomatic-equipped automobiles in part due to federal regulations. Just over 1,600 units were sold stateside.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2016/09/19/DAF-Belts