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Please note that the cars or exhibit items shown in this database are part of our collection but may not be on display when you visit.
D.A.F. stands for Vandoorne’s AutomobielFabriek. The first D.A.F. car went into production in 1959. It was produced with a step-free variomatic-transmission, a fully automatic system using a centrifugal clutch and a v-belt drivea with a limited slip differential.
D.A.F. is a Dutch company that began in the late 1920s as a garage. After WWII, the company started manufacturing commercial vehicles. The economical situation and the success of D.A.F. trucks made it possible for Hub Van Doorne to realize his dream of producing a luxury car.
When the oil crisis emerged in 1975, Dr. David Hon realized that better urban mobility was needed. Inspired by his days at UCLA, when he had to disassemble his bike to fit in his car, he began designing a portable bike that was light, good-looking, and quickly foldable.
Created as a light delivery vehicle for tight spaces, the Midget was originally introduced in 1957 as a three-wheeled truck and enjoyed huge popularity among small businesses and delivery services all over Asia. This version, the Midget II, debuted in 1996 to meet modern standards for the same design ideals.
In 1949, the British Army approached Daimler (the British car company, not Daimler-Benz AG of Germany) to replace its Dingo Scout Car, a previous Daimler product. The Ferret Scout Car, introduced in 1951, improved upon the Dingo’s design with an optional manually-rotating turret, housing a machine gun.
In the early 1920’s, Gaston Daix, a highly-skilled piano maker with a factory in Pessac, near Bordeaux in the south of France, made this unusual ark-like pedal car with a craftsmanship that embodies the timelessness of an elegant musical instrument.
The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly oval based open-wheel racing series in the United States and Japan. Founded in 1994 by Tony George, one of the IRL’s most popular race is the Indianapolis 500.
Charismatic used cars salesman Glen Gordon “Gary” Davis moved from Indiana to Southern California filled with optimism and dreams. On the streets of Los Angeles, he saw an aerospace-styled three-wheeled vehicle called the “Californian” and was struck by its uniqueness.
Glenn Gordan “Gary” Davis was an industrial designer and salesman. Around the end of World War II, he bought a small racecar that a California racing enthusiast had converted to a 3-wheeler–thinking it would make a practical economy car.