Video: Meet the Variomatic, a 1950s Version of the Modern CVT

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FFndpKhbPlA

The continuously variable transmission has become increasingly popular with a number of today's car manufacturers, but the CVT is not a recent development.

In fact, one of the first known examples of a CVT transmission is Dutch car maker DAF's "Variomatic" transmission from the late '50s. Although simple by today's standards, watching one function is still pretty entertaining.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/24/20 8:27 p.m.

Somewhere I have a DAF patch. Seriously, that DAF. 

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