Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection

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Lot 177

1962 DAF 750 Daffodil

  • Chassis no. 303 047757
  • Engine no. 046254

Sold for $8,800


22 bhp, 746 cc air-cooled horizontally opposed two-cylinder engine, DAF Variomatic continuously variable automatic transmission, transverse leaf spring front suspension, independent rear suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80.7 in.

  • Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection
  • The Dutch microcar for the man who has everything
  • Advanced technology, including a CVT transmission and independent rear suspension!
  • Extremely attractive, high-quality restoration
  • Believed to be one of only about 30 in the United States


Every collection needs a conversation piece, and in the Mohrschladt Family Collection, that car is the DAF 750 Daffodil, a much-adored, loveable little Chihuahua of a car, happily admired by all who see it both on the street and on display. Built by a large Dutch manufacturer, more famous for its production of heavy trucks, the charming Daffodil was, in many ways, a technological wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its drivetrain was remarkably advanced, including a flat, air-cooled twin-cylinder engine, allowing space for a surprisingly large interior; independent rear suspension; and, most prominently, Variomatic automatic transmission.

Variomatic was one of the first continuously variable transmissions to be utilized in a production automobile. The company pioneered its original design in 1955 and spent four more years fine-tuning it in research and development, finally debuting a production version in the prototype DAF 600 passenger car in 1958. The 600 eventually evolved into the 750, with a larger, more efficient 750-cubic centimeter engine, and available in more “luxurious” Daffodil trim. The Daffodil’s Variomatic employed two transmissions, one per rear wheel; should one transmission fail, the other transmission will be sufficient to keep the car in motion. It was, simply put, fascinating technology, and it remains so today.

According to Mr. Mohrschladt, his Daffodil was originally used to get around the grounds of a large estate in Brookville, Long Island (still not a bad purpose for it today). The former owner told him that he acquired the car from its original owner and that it received a full restoration “to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance standards” in 1995. While the DAF may not be invited to the Monterey Peninsula anytime soon, its condition is certainly worthy; aside from some light scratching of the windshield glass and some trim chrome, it remains in beautiful condition, with beautiful bodywork finished correctly in factory-style BASF Glasurit paint, and a wonderful, authentic interior. Undoubtedly no Daffodil is in as fine a condition.

Offered with its workshop manuals, a correct spare, and a jack, this wonderful little automobile will undoubtedly be among the most popular in its new owner’s stable.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

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United Kingdom

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more