Volvo 343 & 300 (1976-1986)

1976 Volvo 343 DL

1976 Volvo 343 DL

The 343 was designed by DAF before the take-over by Volvo, although DAF never manufactured it themselves.

1976 Volvo 343 DL

1976 Volvo 343 DL

1976 Volvo 343

1976 Volvo 343

The variomatic transmission was first introduced by DAF in 1958. It worked by means of a series of tapered pulleys that contracted or expanded to change the ratios. After DAF were taken over by Volvo the Van Doorne brothers continued the development of the Variomatic. Their system is now known as CVT and is used by numerous car manufacturers the world over.

Volvo 343 variomatic transmission

Volvo 343 variomatic transmission