DAF started truck manufacture relatively late, but in the 1970s took an industry lead with the 2800. Equipped with a wide tilt sleeper cab with two full-size bunks and a powerful, yet frugal, 11.6 litre DAF engine, it was a natural choice for long-haul work.
Improved through constant development, the 2800 spawned the 3300 in 1982 and the 3600 in 1985, with an emphasis on economy of operation and driver comfort - in particular the Space Cab. DAF's unique mix of performance, reliability and comfort endeared the trucks to fleet managers, accountants and drivers alike.
Patrick Dyer works in motor sport and also holds a Class One HGV licence, driving whenever possible. His previous books include Scania at Work, the story of the LB110, 111, 140 & 141.