Unique Retro Concept: DAF Siluro by Michelotti 1968 –Working more as an independent designer, Giovanni Michelotti has designed many famous vehicles, which are produced by various famous automakers and car manufacturers. One of the concept vehicles is DAF Siluro (taken in Italian, which roughly means ‘Torpedo’), which has a unique design with a line silhouette that stretches on both its exterior sides and a long, sloping hood.
DAF Siluro made its first debut at the Geneva Motorshow 1968 event, and never appeared in public again until its appearance at the AutoRAI 2005 event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 37 years, DAF Siluro was placed as memorabilia for Giovanni Michelotti, who died suddenly in 1980 ago.
Before starting designing Siluro, Michelotti had worked as a consultant for the Dutch automotive company DAF in designing DAF 44 and 55 cars. One of the most remarkable features of this small sedan was the Variomatic Transmission automatic transmission, which allowed the car to run as fast in conditions forward or backward.
DAF Siluro is built on the DAF 55 Coupe platform with a capacity of four passengers, equipped with a 1,108 cc four-cylinder inline engine, which can produce 50 bhp of power at 5000 rpm. This machine is combined with the unique Variomatic Transmission of the DAF.
The production of the DAF manufacturer has stopped several years ago. When it was rediscovered, Siluro was in poorly maintained conditions and needed a lot of repairs. Because many parts of Siluro are made by Michelotti, restoring this prototype car is a quite heavy task. However, thanks to the generous sponsors, DAF Siluro was finally able to be returned to its original condition.
DAF Siluro’s unique car is currently stored and displayed permanently at the DAF Museum, which is in Tongelresestraat 27, Eindhoven, Netherlands.