Tjorven (vehicle)

The Kalmar - DAF ( especially in Sweden known as Tjorven or KVD440/441 Kalmar ) was a vans to the Swedish company Kalmar Verkstad produced in cooperation with DAF.

The Tjorven was originally developed for the Swedish Post and appeared in 1968 as a production model. Prototypes of 1965 and 1966 still had a DAF -33 engine, in series production but an air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine with 850cm ³ from the DAF 44, DAF with along with a VARIOmatic was used. The floor assembly and the front came from 44 DAF, while the rear part of the body was made ​​of glass fiber reinforced plastic. The dashboard also corresponded largely to the DAF 44, but was built as a commercial model always right-hand drive. The deliverers were able to achieve standing on the street letter boxes without getting out. Given the lack of heating in the interior in winter by the air-cooled boxer engine, many specimens were retrofitted with a heater of Eberspacher.

Originally there was only one right sliding door and a driver's seat, after a year of construction, it was also a combi -called version with additional passenger seat for the private market. Some vehicles were built as a pickup and used at airports. Other variants were a model for handicapped transport and some were fitted with electric motor.

1970, a prototype was built, which was designed as a family car. This five-seater had the water-cooled four-cylinder petrol engine with 1100 cm ² from the DAF 55, more powerful brakes and a horizontally split tailgate. The Tjorven was ahead of its time with many details such as sliding doors or folding doors behind the seats to increase far to the charging capacity and should be more accessible, or the split tailgate, solutions, introduced the other automakers until the 1980s.

The Tjorven was built in 2170, of which 1195 exported for postal services, 588 to general customers in Sweden and 368 were. Only 50 ended up as Squid DAF in the Netherlands. Production ceased in 1971.