Oldest DAF truck in commercial use
DAF has found the oldest DAF truck still in commercial use — and it is in operation almost every day.
The truck in question is a 1968 DAF A1600 truck owned by father and son Frits and Nicky Hoefnagels, who use it to transport a nostalgia-filled fairground attraction all over the Netherlands.
"Yes, of course we use it just like any other truck,” said Frits, “Our truck may be 50 years old, but it is still a long way off retirement".
“We have two DAF A1600s. One is from 1968, and the other from 1969. And we don't take it easy on them, in addition to a 1600 from 1971 and a 2800 from 1975,” says Hoefnagels.
“We use our DAF trucks to transport our ‘Lunapark’ attraction, and the trucks were new when we added them to our fleet,” he says.
“The Lunapark goes into storage over the winter, but other than that we are on the move from early spring until late autumn, taking this huge building set from fairground to fairground."
DAF announced its search for the oldest truck earlier this year, as the company continues to celebrate its 90th birthday in 2018.
The search was launched with a video on social media that features a cattle trader who has been operating his DAF truck across Ireland since the early 1980s. The video has been viewed almost half a million times, prompting an avalanche of contenders for the title.
Responses poured in from all over the world, but the oldest truck was found virtually in the back garden of the DAF factory in Eindhoven, in the village of Bakel.
DAF was inundated with reports of vehicles that had been in use since the late 1950s and early 1960s. But sadly not all of these great trucks met the criteria; the winner had to be a truck that is still in regular use for commercial transport on public roads.